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Wildlife Blog

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

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

Butterflies, dragonfly and hoverflies spotted in the grounds

Butterflies, dragonfly and hoverflies spotted in the grounds

It's been another quiet couple of weeks in the Abbey grounds, apart from when the sun has peeked out from behind the clouds and the temperature has jumped up a few degrees.  more

Added: 1st October 2016

Bird song adds music to Wildlife Tour

Bird song adds music to Wildlife Tour

Squirrels, dragonflies, small birds and bats were among the wildlife spotted on the latest tour.  more

Added: 20th September 2016

First funghi of the season spotted in abbey grounds

First funghi of the season spotted in abbey grounds

The 1st September is meteorologically speaking the first day of Autumn and this has been reflected in our weather the past few days after a relatively warm period.  more

Added: 4th September 2016

Spotting grasshoppers and crickets

Spotting grasshoppers and crickets

It has been a quiet couple of weeks in the abbey with it now being late summer and all our wildlife seems to take a breather for a while to prepare for Autumn.  more

Added: 23rd August 2016

Discover which creature is at its peak with our latest blog

Discover which creature is at its peak with our latest blog

It is now high summer in the Abbey and the dominant plant is hogweed and buddleia in the wildlife area.  more

Added: 8th August 2016

Lavender display

Lavender display

Wildlife volunteer Jenny captured this beautiful display of lavender at the abbey

Added: 9th July 2016