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World Wildlife Day
Stay Connected with Leeds Castle03 March 2022

World Wildlife Day

World Wildlife Day is a celebration of the beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora. It’s a day that raises awareness of the multitude of benefits that wildlife conservations provide. 

Here at Leeds Castle, we have an abundance of wildlife that call us home. Woodland, parkland and large lakes, fed by the River Len, provide natural habitats attracting great numbers of wildfowl and common woodland birds to impressive forms of nature all year round. 

We’ve spoken to Leeds Castle’s very own Falconry & Wildlife Manager today to celebrate World Wildlife Day, Mark Brattle, to understand a day in the life of the wildlife team and to share exciting developments you can look forward to experiencing in the coming months! 


So Mark, what does a typical day look like for the wildlife team at Leeds Castle? 

“As you’re dealing with wildlife it means no day is the same. Activities can range from daily wildlife checks and placing recycled duck houses on islands to watching Kingfishers fish on the lower level of the Castle Island to creating natural wildlife areas to attract different species. Most recently, we’ve added hidden cameras so we can catch these unique animals doing what they do best. 

“With such a wealth of wildlife across the Leeds Castle estate, there’s always something exciting that takes our attention!” 


What are you most excited about for Leeds Castle’s wildlife as we come into the spring and summer seasons? 

“The arrival of spring and summer, means guests can expect to see different species of beautiful butterflies, swifts and even swallows perched along the moat’s edge. 

“Spring has come early this year, with daffodils already coming into full bloom, making for dazzling woodland walks. It’s also nesting season, so expect to see lots of new species, arrivals and lots of stunning fauna and flora in every part of the estate.” 


Finally, what can guests expect to experience in the coming months at Leeds Castle? 

“We’ve been busy creating our new Wildlife Garden and hope to launch this later in the season. Located adjacent to the Maze, the garden will feature apple trees, wild flowers, bug hotels, log piles, sensory boxes, nest boxes and bird feeders! The idea is to educate visitors on the wildlife found in the estate, and what we do to help protect them. This area will also provide a serene and relaxing area for guests to sit and enjoy the wildlife around them.

“In addition to our five Barn Owl boxes, Bee Hives, that house over half a million bees each year, and six different species of Bats, we are always looking at ways to enhance our offering, in sustainable ways, and encourage new wildlife to visit. 

“Most recently, we have installed a floating island on the Great Water and are hoping to introduce a Bird Hide to allow us and the public to get close to wildlife.” 


With so much happening, keep your eyes and ears open for future updates! If you’d like to learn more about our wildlife, please visit the wildlife page.