Our restoration programme has been planned with an ecologist to protect our wildlife population, we're proud of our red squirrels, rare great crested newts, and heronry. We've planted 2.5 acres of local perennial wildflowers around the lawns for butterflies and bees. Encouraging wildlife is very important for Lowther's future.
Lowther castle lies on the edge of the Lake District national park in a huge estate which has changed very little over the last few hundred years, and when the garden was abandoned seventy years ago nature moved in. Now red squirrels busily scamper through the beech trees of the escarpment, badgers raise their young amongst the ruins of the countess garden and herons nest in the tall conifer plantation which now covers the Iris garden in a cathedral stand of tree drawing your eyes up to the sky the strange prehistoric sounding clacking calls of the herons draw your attention. Jack Crofts pond provides a perfect habitat for newts included the protected great crested newt which thrives amongst the dry stone wall which forms the eastern edge of the pond surrounded by native flag iris and rush.
There are very few gardens which can boast such a wide range of resident wildlife from the ravens in the castle ruins with peregrine falcons hunting over the turrets, owls in the woodlands to tiny tree creepers in the ancient yew avenue; our recent bird survey found a huge range of bird life both common and rare. We are working with an ecologist to ensure that we look after the rich and diverse wildlife in our gardens.