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Wildlife Blog

Please check back regularly for the latest news from our team of Wildlife Volunteers.

September Round Up

September Round Up

The first of September saw the first day of autumn (Meteorologically speaking) and the Autumnal Equinox was on the 22nd this year, so it is now fair to say that we are well into autumn and as such the weather has changed accordingly and this has affected the flora and the fauna of the Abbey.

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Added: 10th October 2017

Big Butterfly Count

Big Butterfly Count

This is ideal weather for butterfly watching or a bit of lepidoptera in you want to be technical about it. It just so happened that the 2017 Big Butterfly Count was running from the 14th July until the 6th August.  more

Added: 14th August 2017

Three month round-up

Three month round-up

Firstly can I say it's been a whole three months since I last blogged on here about the wildlife in Glastonbury Abbey time certainly does fly.  more

Added: 15th July 2017

The arrival of Spring

The arrival of Spring

Bluebells, bees and butterflies are among the thriving wildlife spotted in the abbey grounds.  more

Added: 12th April 2017

Discover more about the blackbird

Discover more about the blackbird

Another couple of weeks have shot by in the Abbey and it has again been varied and unpredictable weather wise. On 23rd February we were visited by Storm Doris, and although it was indeed very windy we escaped the full brunt of the storm and so we luckily did not receive any damage to the trees in the grounds save from a few twigs coming down.  more

Added: 9th March 2017

A carpet of snowdrops

A carpet of snowdrops

Discover the history of this beautiful flower which historically marks the turning point in the seasons.  more

Added: 22nd February 2017

Birdwatch Bulletin

Birdwatch Bulletin

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2017.

On Sunday 29th January between 2-3pm, we took part in the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch, with two teams of volunteers and members of the public at different sites in the abbey grounds. One team was in the wildlife area and the other in the orchard.  more

Added: 7th February 2017

Getting ready for Big Garden Birdwatch

Getting ready for Big Garden Birdwatch

The start of 2017 has seen a mixed bag of wildlife in the Abbey grounds.  more

Added: 22nd January 2017

End of year round-up

End of year round-up

Discover what species have been seen in the abbey over the last 12 months.  more

Added: 1st January 2017

Looking after the birds in wintertime

Looking after the birds in wintertime

Sightings in the abbey grounds have included all five species of our resident and winter thrushes namely blackbird, song and mistle thrush, redwing and fieldfare.  more

Added: 13th December 2016

Discover lichen  growing in the abbey

Discover lichen growing in the abbey

It seems we are now at the start of winter with the first storm of the season passing through recently, however some of the trees in the grounds seem reluctant to give all their leaves up.

Plenty of bird activity lately with regular sightings of redwing, fieldfare, mistle and song thrush, grey wagtail, goldcrest, greenfinch and nuthatch amongst others.  more

Added: 22nd November 2016

Autumn Colours

Autumn Colours

Discover how and why leaves change their colour.  more

Added: 3rd November 2016

Autumnal Colours

Autumnal Colours

Our wildlife volunteer Jenny captured some amazing colours in the abbey grounds.  more

Added: 24th October 2016