The open space of the Home Park is a great place for spotting the undulating flight of green woodpeckers, as they search for ants. Small mounds of earth regularly appear on the grassland. If you are very patient – or lucky, you may catch a glimpse of a busy mole emerging from its tunnel. After dusk, on a summer’s evening, the woodland edge here is ideal for spotting Pipistrelle bats flitting overhead catching moths and insects.
The viewing area near the cafe is a brilliant vantage point for spotting migrating birds as they fly overhead, following the course of the river. In early spring, the woods resound with the songs of summer visitors, such as the Whitethroat and Chiff Chaff.
Home Park is also rich in plant life. Stroll along the ancient Lime Avenue, and enjoy these magnificent trees, some of which have been here for hundreds of years. Our Tree Trail leaflet is a great way to find out more about them.
In springtime, native bluebells line the path to the Echo, transforming the woods with colour and scent. If you look carefully in summer, you may spy the feral raspberries that grow here too. Check around the woodland edge of Home Park for Crows Garlic. Its seeds make a tasty snack with soft cheese and crackers!
There are other types of plant here too. Many species of lichen decorate the old stone work. The stones also provide shelter for small creatures, such as toads, which can often be found, especially close to the ponds and damp ground near the Echo.