Habitat The area surrounding the enclosed Hall and gardens consists of agricultural Landscape. There are up to 20miles of footpath to explore and a walk plan can be bought for 50p from the shop or box outside. Paths are waymarked. Initially the path passes the Hall boundary giving views into the gardens, then moves onto a Boardwalk crossing a large Wet Flower Meadow with plants including Yellow Rattle, Devils-bit Scabious and Ragged Robin. At the far end is a Bird Hide giving out over a small lake. Edible frogs have colonised from a nearby released population, June is the best time to hear their very loud breeding calls. From this point various paths lead round the Estate passing through Grass meadows, Ancient Woodland and a Wet Wood. Away from the Hall the ground rises to large hedge lined fields.
Wildlife All common hedge ,field and wood birds may be present inc. Buzzard, Barn Owl and Tawny Owl. Grey Wagtails breed around the moat and Spotted Flycatchers breed on the estate most years. There is a good population of Marsh Tits and Kingfishers are regularly seen from the bird hide. We have a wide range of dragonflies and damselflies including Emerald and Willow Emerald Damselflies and Norfolk Hawker breeding. Butterflies include Silver-washed Fritillary, White Admiral and Purple Hairstreak. Otters and Water Voles are common visitors to the dykes on the fen and the bird hide lake. Access From Saxthorpe on the B1149 take Right (North) signed Matlaske In Approx. one mile the Hall is clearly signed. (Right) Car Park is through gateway to left. Note there is a charge of £2.00. Paid either in the Visitor Centre or in an honesty box on front of same. Toilets are available. Only Cold drinks and chocolate snacks at shop.