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30 Bird Species to see at Compton Verney

Interested in bird watching? If your answer is yes, and you are in the south Warwickshire area then Compton Verney could be worth a look. Although an art gallery with all the modern conveniences, it does happen to be situated in 120 acres of designed landscape – it is quite simply a bird magnet!

Great Crested Grebe, October 2015 at Compton Verney. © Compton Verney / Alwyn Knapton 2015

Great Crested Grebe, October 2015 at Compton Verney. © Compton Verney / Alwyn Knapton 2015

Adjacent woodland and streams direct birds from surrounding farmland to our large lake, parkland and woodland garden areas, and with an ever-growing path network that is easy to navigate; opportunity to see birds is better than ever!

Bird species recorded throughout the year totals 85 now, and for your information our bird watcher Alwyn has listed just a few highlights below that might tempt you to dress up in your greens and grab some binoculars. 
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Bird Watch Update

Our bird recording expert has been out exploring with notepad and pencil again, updating the list in respect of the birds who visit or reside at Compton Verney.

Whilst spotting, recording and snapping appears to be a simple process, I can testify personally to many failed attempts at capturing bird images, that’s why I share so many pictures of flowers and bees – they generally do stay in one place long enough for me to focus!

Alwyn has been recording at Compton Verney and nearby for many years now, and his knowledge of the preferred hunting ground for any given species, coupled with quick recognition of a bird in flight, and of course their bird song, means he is often in the right place at the right time. Even with this advantage however, it is still difficult to capture good images whilst out roving and recording. He manages to do it however, frequently, and I’m glad to share a few more example here. Enjoy!

More grounds images can be seen via the link to C V Grounds tag board – #CVGrounds


Blue tit clinging to a tree in the Ice House Coppice, a woodland garden area at Compton Verney. © Compton Verney/Alwyn Knapton 2015

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British Gardens in Time

Just a short post for grounds and garden focused followers to let you know of a four part series starting this Tuesday on BBC Four, at 9pm: British Gardens in Time.


Alan Power, Head Gardener from Stourhead, introducing the Compton Verney Landscape.

Following a visit from the film crew in November of last year, it is hoped that the landscape of Compton Verney will be featured in some way during episode two, though the focus will be the National Trust’s Stowe Landscape and in some way Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. It may only be a fleeting glimpse, if at all – so do watch closely!

A short promo clip for the Stowe episode is available on the following link, but do also tune in for the first episode about the fascinating Great Dixter, which started life as an Arts and Crafts garden. Other episodes will focus on the Victorian Biddulph Grange, and Nyman’s.

British Gardens in Time – Stowe



Heritage Open Day Tours

Just a quick peek at the landscape view we were enjoying as part of our Heritage Open Days East Park Tours these past two days. This brings to a close Compton Verney’s involvement in HODs for this year, but I know there are many other venues available this weekend so please check the Heritage Open Days website where you’ll be able to search on locations near to you.

Compton Verney will of course be open as usual, and there’s still time to see the current exhibition – Turner and Constable: Sketching from nature.

Compton Verney Landscape

View from the East Park at Compton Verney, looking north. Gary Webb, Compton Verney 2013

Tomorrow I’ll be away visiting other Heritage Open Day events, picking up tips and inspiration. Many thanks to all who showed interest and gave encouragement for our tours; I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience and hope to return with more next year.