As well as our Wardens and volunteers from Wensum Valley Bird Watching Society reporting their sightings, regular visitors to Pensthorpe keep us up to date with what they have spotted.


What to look out for this April/May: 

Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta)

Not to be mistaken for the Spanish bluebells which grow upright, English bluebells can be identified due to their droop to one side. Depending on the weather, bluebells tend to bloom around the end of April and beginning of May, and can be best sighted in our woodland area.

Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus)

Oystercatchers are originally a coastal species, however over the years they have moved further inland to breed near lakes and waders. They are best sighted on our Wader Scrape. 

Ground Ivy (Glechoma hederacea)

Despite its name, Ground Ivy is not closely related to ivy; it is in fact a member of the dead nettle family. Ground ivy is an aromatic wildflower that likes to flower in woodlands, hedgerows and damp places.