Hulne Park Alnwick

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Hulne Park and estate grounds

Hulne Park and estate grounds

Hawfinch are the main attraction of Hulne park.And you don't need to walk far to find them.They favour the tall trees by the entrace gate (below) in winter.

Alnwick Castle's extensive 500 acre parkland with undulating meadows, woods and moorland.

The park contains the ruins of Hulne Priory, one of the earliest Carmelite monasteries in England built in 1240; the 12th century entrance tower to Alnwick Abbey; and Brislee Tower, designed by Adam in pseudo-Gothic style to provide a panoramic view which encompasses no less than 7 castles.Forming part of the Duke of Northumberland's estate, Hulne park is a vast area of woodland and open areas which are disected by the River Aln. The park is open to the public (free admission No dogs allowed) and is accessed through a gatehouse (pictured below) - this being the area favoured by Hawfinch (right) in winter.

Hulne Park

Hulne Park

An interesting walk at all times of the year but early morning in spring will also add much in the way of bird song. All the usual birds expected in upland deciduous woodland are present including buzzard which have made a noticeable comeback in the past twenty years. No cars or dogs allowed.
All year;- Mallard, moorhen, grey heron,sparrowhawk, buzzard, red-legged partridge, grey partridge, pheasant, snipe, woodcock, black-headed gull, stock pigeon, woodpigeon, collared dove, barn owl, little owl, tawny owl, kingfisher, great spotted woodpecker, green woodpecker, meadow pipit, grey wagtail, pied wagtail, dipper, wren, dunnock, robin, blackbird, song thrush, mistle thrush, goldcrest, long-tailed tit, marsh tit, coal tit, blue tit, great tit, nuthatch, treecreeper, magpie, jackdaw, rook, carrion crow, jay, starling, house sparrow, chaffinch, greenfinch, goldfinch, siskin, bullfinch, hawfinch, yellowhammer.
Spring / summer;-swft, house martin , swallow, sand martin, tree pipit, redstart, grasshopper warbler, sedge warbler, garden warbler, whitethroat, lesser whitethroat, blackcap, wood warbler, chiffchaff, willow warbler, spotted flycatcher ,and pied flycatcher.
Winter;- Redwing, fieldfare and brambling.

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