We list wildlife sightings on these pages to enable people to learn about and enjoy Bedgebury’s wonderful array of fauna. It is vital that the habitat and habits of our wildlife are not disrupted by inconsiderate human activity. Please help us to ensure that Bedgebury's wildlife is protected for everyone to enjoy.
Whenever possible we will report sightings of wildlife here when they are reported to us. Please note that these sightings are posted in good faith but are often unverified by experts. We reserve the right to withhold the location of any vulnerable species on site if we feel there is a risk to their habitat.
15th February 2019
More early sightings today of butterflies: We saw six individual male brimstone butterflies flying around the sunny bank alongside Park Lane where heather is in full bloom right now. David, a visitor experience volunteer also spotted 2x brimstone at Marshal's Lake and a red admiral flying around a rhododendron in flower.
14th February 2019
We've had our first butterfly sighting of 2019! The unseasonably spring-like warm weather today most likely contributed to a brimstone being seen flying around close to the bridge over the stream near the dwarf conifer collection. Bright yellow Brimstone butterflies can overwinter as adults, so it's possible that this is one that has woken up from its winter slumber. Along with the red admiral, peacock, small tortoiseshell and speckled wood, they are one of the earliest emerging butterflies.
11th February 2019
Wow! A positive sighting of a barn owl! This picture (right) is a little grainy as it's been taken from a short video recorded by Bedgebury's Ranger Stuart Sutton at 7am. Stuart says he felt very privileged as the barn owl was hunting right in front of him and caught two small rodents in the long grass - probably field voles, their favourite meal. The last official barn owl sighting at Bedgebury was around 6 years ago, again just after dawn, when it flew over someone's head in the Pinetum!
9th February 2019
The windy weather wasn't ideal for bird-ringing today so the team lead by Chris George was extra vigilant at checking the mist nets regularly. Five species were captured during the morning: dunnock, (retrap), robin, (retrap), coal tit (5x new and 1 retrap), blue tit (7x new and 2 retraps), great tit (2x new and 2 retraps) making a total of 21 birds. Other birds seen or heard in the vicinity were: 6x blackbird, 1x buzzard, 1x carrion crow, chaffinch, 1x great spotted woodpecker, mallard, pheasant and raven.
8th February 2019
A visitor reported seeing a kingfisher at Marshal's Lake - a rare occurrence here as the usual place they are seen is Stone Hole, just north of Louisa Lake in the forest.
27th January 2019
Ecologist Simon Ginnaw and a colleague sighted the following birds at roosting time today. The weather was cold, wet and windy: 6 brambling, 6 raven (probably not 6 separate birds), 5 lesser redpoll, 10 siskin, goldcrest (lots), coal tit (lots), 1 common buzzard, 1 marsh tit, 1 nuthatch.
We also hosted a winter bird walk today, led by Christine George, the site's birdringer. The group sighted: 3 blackbird, 2 brambling, carrion crow, 10 coal tit, 10 fieldfare, 1 greenfinch, 1 lesser redpoll, 1 mistle thrush, 2 raven, woodpigeon, 2 blue tit, 1 buzzard, 100 chaffinch, 2 coot, goldcrest, herring gull, 21 mallard, 4 moorhen, 1 robin.
24th January 2019
Birdringer Chris George reported on the day's ringing session:
What a beautiful day it was for the ringing session today. Chilly yes, but no wind and a blue sky.
We arrived just as dawn was breaking and whilst putting up the nets, small flocks of finches were flying overhead. These birds were in all likelihood leaving their roost sites, presumably on the Bedgebury site somewhere and included thirteen common crossbill, twelve lesser redpoll, twenty siskin and a single hawfinch and a bullfinch.
We had five visitors to the ringing session today and all appeared to greatly enjoy the session. A steady supply of a good variety of birds provided opportunities to look at how we collect data and the interesting features of the birds before releasing them unharmed to continue with their daily task of finding food.
Blue tits and the conifer specialists, coal tits dominated the ringing session but each bird is slightly different close up and fascinating to see. It was good to see so many birds that had been born last year, implying a good breeding season for tits in 2018.
The bird list for the session was as follows: blackbird – 6 (1 captured & released), blue tit – 22 (captured & released), bullfinch – 1 (seen/heard), buzzard -1 (seen/heard), carrion crow – 1 (seen/heard), chaffinch - 6 (seen/heard), coal tit – 14 (captured & released), common crossbill - 13 (seen/heard), dunnock - 2 captured & released), goldcrest -2 (captured & released), great spotted woodpecker - 2 (capt & released), great tit – 6 (captured & released), green woodpecker -1 (seen/heard), greenfinch - 4 (seen/heard), hawfinch – 1 (seen/heard), herring gull - 4 (Seen / heard), jay – 1 (Seen / heard), lesser redpoll- 12 (Seen / heard), long-tailed tit – 4 (seen/heard), magpie – 1 (seen/heard), mallard – 5 (seen/heard), marsh tit – 1 (seen/heard), mistle thrush – 1 (seen/heard), nuthatch (see photo) – 3 (captured & released), pheasant – 1 (seen/heard), raven – 2 (seen/heard), robin – 1 (captured & released), siskin – 20 (seen/heard).
16th January 2019
IIt was a wet and cold day for the Friends' winter walk through the Pinetum with birdringer, Chris. The following birds were seen: 2 tufted duck, woodpigeon, blackbird, mallard, 100 chaffinch, goldcrest, 2 mistle thrush, 2 robin, 2 lesser redpoll, 15 coal tit, blue tit and 1 brambling.
14th January 2019
Birdringer, Christine George, walked around the Pinetum today at roosting time and reported the following birds: 11 blackbird, 4 brambling, carrion crow, 20 coal tit, 1 dunnock, 3 goldfinch, 1 green woodpecker, 20 lesser redpoll, 5 moorhen, 2 raven, about 40 siskin, 1 stock dove, wood pigeon, 10 blue tit, 3 buzzard, 100+ chaffinch, 1 coot, 2 goldcrest, 2 great tit, 2 jay, 10 mallard, 2 pheasant, 2 robin, 2 song thrush, 2 tufted duck.
9th January 2019
A birding enthusiast reported seeing a hawfinch in "the usual place" today. 4 siskin, 2 redpoll and quite a few brambling were also reported.