Nature & Wildlife
Wildlife is a vital element of the Trentham experience, we have a long-term commitment to nature conservation and to providing an environment where flora and forna flourish.
There’s plenty of animals who call Trentham Estate home, our newest addition being Jacob and Hebridean sheep!
Jacob sheep can be traced all the way back to the first Hebrew Bible. It is said that Jacob worked without wages for his uncle and father-in-law Laban, for fourteen years for the love of his wife Rachel. He agreed to continue in Laban’s service on the condition that he was allowed to keep as his share of the flock; all the speckled and spotted sheep. Hence the name Jacob sheep.
They can live all year round on what vegetation they can pull, even being capable of rooting through a foot of snow to find food. They seem to prefer grazing rough moor grass, birch scrub, bracken and balsam instead of lush grass, so Monument Walk is the perfect home for them! Our Hebridean sheep will be located in the North Park.
The land currently home to our Jacob sheep could in future be used for other rare breeds to graze, forming part of the Natural England Higher Level Stewardship scheme, an agreement which has been underway at the estate since the formation of the agreement in January 2014.
If you are walking your dog at Trentham, we ask that it is kept a short-lead at all times, other than in the dedicated dogs off lead area, to avoid any attacks on sheep which we have experienced in the past.
Bird Hide and Heronry
The estate boasts one of the biggest heronries in the country, based on an island in the lake. At the last count, there were 42 breeding pairs! Keen eyed twitchers can also spot tree pipits, stonechats, linnets - and if you’re really lucky maybe even a kingfisher darting along the River Trent. Sparrowhawks have also been spotted, hovering above the parkland.
If you’re feeding ducks and geese, please avoid feeding bread as this lacks the nutrients they need to survive. It would be better to feed grains of bird seed or even cut up green vegetables instead. Bird feed can be purchased at the News Kiosk opposite the Gardens Entrance.
Trentham is home to a herd of wild, Black Fallow Deer. Fallow deer are the third largest deer species in Britain, and are around 70-90cm high at the shoulder. The breeding season, known as the rut, occurs in October, when male fallow deer (known as bucks) roar and fight to win females. The fawns are born in May-June. Fallow are typically a woodland dwelling species but will happily spend time out in open fields, which is why you can often see them in the parkland and woodland at Trentham!
You may even spot badgers, voles, mice, shrews, foxes, stoats, weasels and hedgehogs as you walk around too!