Just outside Holt, on the Southern road that leads to
Norwich you will find Holt Country Park. There is a
Picnic Area, a Children's Play Area, Public Convenience,
Ponds, Nature Trail and an Observation Tower. The Park
has several resident bird species including Tree
creepers, Robins, Great Blue and Long tailed Tits,
Goldcrest and Woodpeckers.
The majority of the trees in the Park belong to the Pine
family with Firs, Spruces and Larches. The Corsican and
Scots Pines are the most abundant with the Corsican Pine
having a distinctive twist and a longer trunk than those
of the Scots Pine. The Scots Pine is Britain's only
native pine and it is easily recognised by the redness
of its smooth branches.
Brightly coloured Dragonflies and their close relatives
the smaller Damselflies, can be seen during summer
months darting around the ponds. Deciduous trees include
Oaks, Birch, Sweet Chestnut, Sycamore and Ash. Some
Hazel, Hawthorn and Beech can also be found. You may see
an adder if the weather is warm enough. They are not
recognised as being aggressive and will usually seek
shelter when disturbed rather defend themselves.
Butterflies include Fritillary, Ringlets, Hairstreaks,
Skippers, Brimstone and the colourful Peacocks. Displays
of Primroses, Gorse, Heather, Bracken and large
Rhododendron bushes as well as the Common Spotted and
Twayblade orchids can be observed. Holt Park often holds
events throughout the year.