Wildlife

A walk around Old Melrose Estate quickly becomes a nature walk due to the vast array of wildlife which ranges from Kingfishers and Ospreys to Otters and Roe Deer.  We are fortunate to have an astonishing wealth of wildlife and are committed to doing our utmost to conserve and protect our wildlife and their varied habitats.

Birds

A nature lovers paradise the Estate is home to Ospreys who appear each March and nest in our tallest Douglas Fir tree before disappearing on their long migration to West Africa.  Kingfishers, Herons and the occasional Swan enjoy our riverbanks and at night bats, Barn Owls and Tawny Owls can be seen and heard hunting in the woods.  Download the Merlin songbird app which will help you identify a host of other birds by listening to their song.  See if you can find the Buzzards, Sparrowhawks, Oyster Catchers, Woodpeckers, Swallows and all the little songbirds which love the wild bird seed crop we sow for them each year.

Animals

The Estate Nature Cameras often catch Foxes and Badgers causing mischief at night whereas Mink and Roe Deer can be seen in the early morning and Otters seem happy to frolic on the river’s edge whenever it suits them.  During the day Stoats, weasels and field mice can be seen darting across the tracks ahead of you and don’t forget the Salmon and Trout splashing happily in the River.

Habitat improvements

We are constantly making habitat improvements to help the birds and other wildlife.  The creation of new hedgerows and deliberate planting of thickets help provide a safe environment for birds to build their nests.  Habitat improvements including a new pond, bird boxes, Owl Perches, bee hives and fruit trees in recent years have all benefitted the Estate’s wildlife.  In the summer months the wild flower and grass headlands provide a home to millions of pollinators including bees, wasps, beetles, butterflies and moths.  We also plant blocks of wild bird seed purely to provide cover and food for birds and other wildlife over the winter months.