Add a bird­ing slant to a stately home visit!

Bird Watching (UK) - - Go Birding - JOHN MILES

THE CAS­TLE HOWARD es­tate com­prises an out­stand­ing com­bi­na­tion of 200 listed build­ings, ex­ten­sive and var­ied gar­dens, plea­sure grounds and park­land, all set in 10,000 acres, of which 2,000 are wood­land. The Great Lake to the north of the house was built in the 1790s and is the main bird­ing at­trac­tion. Water­fowl dom­i­nate, with the main breed­ers Canada and Grey­lag Geese, en­cour­ag­ing mi­grants to drop in in­clud­ing White-fronted, Pink-footed and tundra Bean Geese, while Amer­i­can Wi­geon, Wood Duck, Red-crested Pochard and Fer­rug­i­nous Duck have been found along with Com­mon Scoter, Smew, Man­darin and Scaup, with Gold­en­eye win­ter­ing along with Wi­geon, Teal and Goosander. Whooper Swans can drop in to join the many Mute Swans while Lit­tle and Great Crested Grebe have been joined by Slavo­nian Grebes in the au­tumn. Swifts can con­gre­gate in bad weather in sum­mer.

Gar­den War­bler Hobby

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