Expansive tracts of windswept moorland, oak and beech woodlands, avenues of lime and sycamore, the icy calm of the Mill Pond, the solitary silhouette of Lyme Cage, the looming grandeur of the house and gardens, and of course, the deer.
|Taken by J.Barton|
There are very few places where you can see these magnificent animals at close quarters with such relative ease. No budding wildlife photographer’s visit to Lyme Park would be complete without getting a snap of a red or fallow deer. It’d be like going to Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower…or going to Dublin and not having a Guinness.
I’ve started a wildlife gallery on this blog. As you will hopefully be able to see (to the right of this page) there are currently only a few photographs being displayed on the gallery; and all of them so far are of our fallow deer.
|Taken by Jack Taylor|
It’d be great to get some more photographs to be displayed in the gallery, so if you have ANY photographs of wildlife at Lyme Park, please email them to me at: John.Mead@nationaltrust.org.uk
And please don’t limit yourselves only to photos of deer. Lyme Park is home to all sorts of diverse flora and fauna. Here’s a few ideas to get you started:
- At this time of year, keep a look out for flocks of fieldfare and redwing. These wintering thrushes migrate here from Scandinavia to make the most of our berry harvest, and could be around until March next year. Another winter visitor is the stunning waxwing. These are scarce, but you never know, you might be lucky!
- Look out for the resident, elegant, solitary grey heron that skulks and stalks through the rushes in the Mill Pond.
- The squabbling mallards, and the shrieking black-headed gulls can offer good close ups.
- I saw about half a dozen goosander today (10/12/12) in the pond, these large ducks dive underwater to catch fish with their long, serrated bills.
- Kestrels can be seen hovering by roadsides and over rough grassland and moorland, on the lookout for voles and mice.
- On clear, crisp winter days, you might find that a walk through the woods can reward you with a good view of woodland birds such as great-spotted woodpecker, jays, and common garden birds such as blue, great and coal tits.
- Many thanks to volunteer ranger Jack Taylor for submitting some stunning red deer photographs of red deer on the Knott, and to Jonathan Barton for his artistic shot of a young stag on the horizon. Jonathan has some stunning wildlife photos on his website: www.bartart.co.uk
- Philip Eagland has taken some great shots you can view online at: http://s1190.beta.photobucket.com/user/zapimage/library/Wildlife/Lyme%20Park
- As has Rich Steel: www.wildlifephotographic.blogspot.co.uk