Wildlife Habitat Garden

A gentle walk through the Wildlife Habitat Garden is a perfect way to start your visit to Pensthorpe Natural Park; planted with species designed to entice insects and mammals into the beautiful water-focused setting, this is where the Gardens and the Natural Park meet.

The Wildlife Habitat Garden has been created to inspire visitors, with helpful hints, tips and garden ideas to help you construct your own wildlife-friendly outdoor space. It is certainly a hot spot for our own wildlife residents. The planting and features of this beautiful Norfolk wildlife garden provide food and habitat for a wide range of creatures, including Dragonflies and Amphibians, Bats and Moths, Beetles and Bees, Damselflies, Garden Birds, Butterflies and Reptiles. We have recently changed some of the planting in order to provide more benefit to bees in particular, by using plants that flower for longer, such as the Salvias. These will provide more nectar and pollen for our struggling bees for a longer period of time.

Bees are in trouble due to habitat loss and agricultural practices that use certain types of pesticides that are harmful to them and other insects. Bees require a diverse array of plants to collect enough nectar to survive but the countryside has become a monoculture, which does not provide enough diversity to sustain the bee population.

Bees pollinate a third of our crops so we need to do all we can to help them. You can help bees yourself by planting bee-friendly plants in your garden and we hope that you can take some inspiration from our Wildlife Habitat Garden to do just that.

Take a look at our Wildlife Habitat Garden plant list here.