The Lower Ground Looking away from the castle past New Pond is the lower ground. This open grassland is quite wet in places. The numerous ditches are full with frogspawn in early February. The reed areas provide nesting sites for the striking summer visitor the reed bunting. Much of this area is a favourite grazing area for the deer. One area of the lower ground supports a large colony of the tiny and rare Adder’s Tongue fern. In spring the whole area is pink with the flowers of Lady’s Smock.