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Something to see all year round

There is an abundance of wildlife to see throughout the 500 acre estate of Leeds Castle. Woodland, parkland and large lakes fed by the River Len provide natural habitats attracting great numbers of wildfowl and common woodland birds all year round.

Wander through the Woodland where you are most likely to see familiar birds such as nuthatch, jay and great spotted woodpecker - if you are lucky you may even see a sparrowhawk. The river, which also runs throughout the Wood Garden, is home to kingfishers, grass snakes and eels.

The larger lakes provide shelter and food to flocks of swans, geese and ducks and provide ideal breeding grounds in the spring and summer months. The Moat and Great Water are perfect places to see captive black and whooper swans all year round. Leeds Castle is also home to rarer species including dormouse and white-clawed crayfish.

Healthy bird food is available from the Park Shop and Maze Shop for £1 per cup. The bird food consists of pellets providing all the essential nutrients that the birds require.


Our star species are some of the most interesting animals you may see on your visit to the Estate.


Each season brings a different experience on the Leeds Castle estate.

Spring & Summer

Listen to the birds singing in the wood garden as they compete to establish territories and attract a mate. Look out for young cygnets, goslings and ducklings. Migrating birds return every year in search of nest sites. Look out for house martins, barnacle geese and common terns.
Butterflies and Numblebees

See butterflies and bumblebees in the Culpeper Garden and Lady Baillie Mediterranean Garden. Bats and eels become more visible during the summer months.  

Autumn & Winter

During the autumn see flocks of smaller woodland birds foraging for food and wildfowl start to congregate in larger groups. In the midst of winter due to the shorter hours of daylight you are more likely to see owls and more unusual ducks such as pochard and shoveler.   Birds at Leeds Castle

And don’t forget to have your binoculars at the ready for kingfishers which can be seen more easily at this time of year.

Wildlife at Leeds Castle

Visit Leeds Castle on one of our wildlife themed event or activity days.


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Kingfishers at Leeds Castle

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The Famous Leeds Castle Black Swans and their Cygnets