Bodiam Castle
Bodiam Castle, Bodiam, Robertsbridge, East Sussex, TN32 5UA, England, UK.

Grey Squirrel

Sciurus carolinensis

Family: Sciuridae

Habitat: Woodland and gardens and parks.

Size: Length 23-30 cm (9.1-11.8 in). Tail 19-25 cm (7.5-9.8 in).

Food: Tree bark, buds, berries, seeds, acorns, walnuts, and other nuts, and fungi.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Each grey squirrel makes several thousand small caches of hidden food every summer. Their nests or dreys are made of twigs and leaves often in the forks of trees. They are crepuscular and do not hibernate.

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Bodiam Castle 1904 painted by Wilfrid Ball (1853–1917) © painting by Wilfrid Ball

Common Pipistrelle

Pipistrellus pipistrellus

Family: Vespertilionidae (Vesper Bats or Evening Bats)

Habitat: Farmland, marsh and woodland.

Size: Length 3.5-5.2 cm (1.4-2.0 in)

Food: Small insects, such as moths and gnats.

Sound: Call of 45 kHz for an average duration of 5.6 ms.

Season: Early April to late September.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

In the UK, if you find a sick or ailing bat, do not approach or handle the animal but seek advice from the Bat Conservation Trust (

Common Pipistrelle (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) © Biodiversity Heritage Library cc


Gallinula chloropus

Family: Rallidae (Rails)

Habitat: Lakes and reservoirs, ponds and rivers and streams.

Size: Length 30-38 cm (12-15 in). Wingspan 50-62 cm (20-24 in).

Food: Water plants, seeds, fruit, grasses, insects, snails, worms, small fish, small rodents, amphibians and eggs.

Season: All year round.

Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) © Matthew Hoelscher cc


Fringilla coelebs

Family: Fringillidae (Finches)

Habitat: Gardens and parks, grasslands, woodland and hedgerows.

Food: Insects and seeds.

Voice: The fink call of the chaffinch gives the finch family its name.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Prefers open woodland and spends a lot of time foraging on the ground. One of the most colourful of the finches.

Common Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) © Andreas Trepte cc

Mandarin Duck

Aix galericulata

Family: Anatidae (Swans, ducks and geese)

Habitat: Lakes and reservoirs and ponds.

Size: Length 41-49 cm (16-19 in). Wingspan 65-75 cm (26-30 in).

Food: Insects, vegetation and seeds.

Voice: Low pitched roo-roo-roo.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A perching duck originating from East Asia.

Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata) © photo by Adrian Pingstone

English Oak

Quercus robur

Family: Fagaceae (Beeches, oaks et al)

Habitat: Woodland, grassland and hedgerows.

Flowering Period: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

The English Oak, a large deciduous tree,is also called the pedunculate oak due to its pedunculate (stalked) acorns. Its leaves have a very short stalk 38 mm. It is the most common tree species in the UK with one specimen, the Majesty Oak havinga circumference of 12.2 m.

Bowthorpe Oak in Lincolnshire is estimated to be 1,000 years oldmaking it the oldest in the UK.

It provides a habitat for 170 species.


English Oak (Quercus robur) © MTM MVP arr
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Bodiam Castle is a picturesque medieval moated castle that was built in 1385, as both a defence and a comfortable home. The exterior is virtually complete and the interior ruins still enable you to form an image of what castle life must have been like.

There are extensive grounds and many picnicking areas. There is also a tea room and gift shop.

The National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty, known as the National Trust, conserves over 500 properties in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, such as historic houses, gardens, mills, coastline, forests, farmland, moorland, islands, castles, nature reserves, and even entire villages. It was established in 1895 and its first property was Alfriston Clergy House in East Sussex.

Many sites are in the countryside. When visiting please follow the Countryside Code. Leave only your footprints, take away only memories. If dogs are allowed, please keep them under control. Leave gates and property as you find them. Respect people, wildlife and property.

The National Trust is a registered charity and donations are gratefully received to fund important work. You may donate by clicking the Charity Link below.

Bodiam Castle is a designated area - Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Facilities at Bodiam Castle



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Great Dixter   2.15 miles (3.46 km)
Great Dixter, Northiam, East Sussex, TN31 6PH, England, UK.

Great Dixter was the family home of gardener and gardening writer Christopher Lloyd, who spent over forty years creating the gardens.

Great Dixter © Rictor Norton & David Allen cc

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Collingwood is a nature reserve cared for and maintained by Kent Wildlife Trust.

Many species can be observed over the course of the year.

Collingwood © photo by David Mark

Brede High Woods   3.32 miles (5.35 km)
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Brede High Woods is 262 hectares (647 acres) of woodland, heathland and ...

Brede High Woods © Hans Gasperl cc

Parsonage Wood   4.52 miles (7.27 km)
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Parsonage Wood is a nature reserve cared for and maintained by Kent Wildlife Trust.

Many species can be observed over the course of the year.

Parsonage Wood © dingopup cc

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Flatropers Wood is a nature reserve cared for and maintained by Sussex Wildlife Trust.

Please follow the

Flatropers Wood ©

Beckley Woods   5.04 miles (8.11 km)
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Beckley Woods is 145 hectares of mixed woodland plantation, owned and managed by the Forestry Commission.

Beckley Woods © Hans Gasperl cc

Darwell Wood   5.67 miles (9.13 km)
Mountfield Lane, Mountfield, Battle, East Sussex, England, UK.

Darwell Wood is a broadleaved woodland, with a number of streams flowing into Darwell Reservoir.

Darwell Wood © Simon Carey cc

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Premier Inn Hastings   7.98 miles (12.85 km)
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The Premier Inn Hastings is part of the Premier Inn group.

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