New exhibition reveals hidden wildlife at Blenheim Palace

Award-winning photographer reveals hidden wildlife at Blenheim Palace in a new exhibition
Swans and cygnets at Blenheim Palace. Picture Pete Seaward

There’s a new exhibition that’s revealing the hidden, often unnoticed, wildlife at Blenheim Palace.

The stunning display of wildlife photography by award-winning photographer Pete Seaward is set within a recreation of a wooden wildlife hide at Blenheim Palace.

Deer in winter at Blenheim Palace. Picture: Pete Seaward
Deer in winter at Blenheim Palace

Among the photographs featured in the Stables Exhibition is of a pair of nesting swans caring for their newborn cygnets, deer, pheasants, egrets, herons and ducks.

Pete, who is based at Bletchingdon, some 5 odd miles east of Blenheim, is a regular visitor to the estate and uses a mobile wildlife hide to help capture his beautiful images.

“The Blenheim estate is definitely one of my favourite locations anywhere in the world to take photographs,” said Pete.

Heron at Blenheim Palace. Picture: Pete Seaward
Heron at Blenheim Palace. Picture: Pete Seaward

“It is constantly changing with the seasons, and the time of day, and provides a never-ending series of fascinating wildlife stories set against a truly historic backdrop which I really enjoy documenting.

“I really wanted to introduce people to nature on their doorstep, particularly during this lockdown period when many people seem to have reconnected with nature.

“I am delighted to be able to share some of my favourite images with visitors as part of this new exhibition, which I hope will highlight some areas of the estate which may previously have been overlooked,” he added.

Pheasant with daffodils at Blenheim Palace. Picture: Pete Seaward
Pheasant with daffodils at Blenheim Palace. Picture: Pete Seaward

Pete has been a photographer for over 30 years. Working mainly on advertising campaigns, he's travelled the world extensively for major international clients.

He has won numerous industry awards including being voted one of Luerzer's Archives 200 Best Ad photographers in the world and ‘travel photographer of the year 2011’ by the British Travel Press.

Photographer Pete Seaward in his wildlife hide at Blenheim Palace
Photographer Pete Seaward in his wildlife hide at Blenheim Palace

The images are displayed within a re-created wooden wildlife hide that forms part of the new Stables Exhibition - an immersive and interactive experience in the Palace’s historic stable block showcasing the importance of horses at Blenheim through the centuries.

The display area also highlights how Blenheim’s ancient woodland, royal hunting lodge and ‘Capability’ Brown’s landscaped parkland have contributed to the continued success of the estate and UNESCO World Heritage Site in Oxfordshire.