Wild Gwrych

This is the start of what will hopefully (with your help!), be a fairly large database full of the wild side to Gwrych Castle and Gwrych Park . We hope to try and highlight the wonderful wildlife that exists  mainly unseen, within the many little places around what was previously Gwrych Castle Estate.

When Lloyd Hesketh Bamford Hesketh built the Castle he wanted it to retain a wild look standing proud amongst rambling hills. This is clearly illustrated by the painting above from the 1830's. The Estate was once stocked with game and even had a gamekeeper until 1940's, little has changed when you enter the Great Castle Wood. The whole forest was felled apart from around the immediate Castle during the early 1950's. The view we see today was probably quite similar to that seen by Lloyd and his descendants during their 120 year life at Gwrych.

To view Gwrych Park during the 1880's  click here

To view Gwrych Castle from the air click here

Wildlife


To date I have seen or heard :

Foxes, Owls, Deer, Pheasants, Moles , Rabbits, Wood pigeon, Hawk, Squirrels, Bats, Hedgehogs,Lesser Horseshoe Bats, Ravens and a colony of Jackdaws


Trees & Shrubs


Oak, Ash, Sycamore, Beech, Pine, Silver Birch, Horse Chestnut ,Fir, Larch, Maples, Willow, Laurel , Mountain Ash, Cherries and Hazel.

Foods


Wild food must NEVER be eaten without positive identification


Mushrooms, Raspberries, Blackberries, Dewberry,


Wild Flowers & Herbs


Bluebells,  Gorse, Rosebay willow-herb, Foxglove, Flax, Plantain, Elder, Chick weed, Dandelion, Coltsfoot, Stinging nettle & Cotoneaster, Orchids & Laurels

Please help us to expand the Wild Gwrych page so we can make it into a large database enabling people all over the world to appreciate how wonderful Gwrych really is !

We welcome any information you could share with us.

To help us with our page click here.