Out and About

Garden storytellers at Dyrham Park

DISCOVER more about the history of the gardens of the National Trust’s Dyrham Park, just north of Bath, at regular weekend walks and talks by costumed storytellers, throughout the summer.. The events have a special focus on the development of the herb garden, Fountain Court, with garden tours, wildflower walks and folktales, and continue each…

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Seven wolf cubs born at Longleat

KEEPERS at Longleat Safari Park are celebrating the arrival of seven tiny wolf pups. The bumper litter of European wolves, which were born last month, are being carefully looked after by mum Eliska and dad Jango. The protective parents periodically pick the cubs up and move them between three separate underground dens in their woodland…

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Lioness with a head for heights

FEARLESS Kiana is a lioness with a head for heights – the eight year old Longleat lioness climbed a 20 metre tall sycamore tree in the safari park. She seemed more like a mountain lion as she made short work of went up the giant tree in her wooded enclosure. Keepers say she has always…

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Hatch House open garden

ONE of Wiltshire’s hidden delights, the idyllic garden of historic Hatch House near Tisbury, the home of Sir Henry and Lady Rumbold, holds its annual open garden on Sunday 2nd June, raising funds for the Salisbury Hospice charity. It is a popular event for all the family – a chance to see the 17th century…

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Stourhead celebrates spring with Floralia

THE rites of spring have come to Stourhead as the National Trust revives the Romans’ annual Floralia tradition. Floralia was a festival in honour of Flora, the goddess of flowers, whose memory is celebrated in a charming temple that looks out across the lake at the centre of this world famous 18th century landscape garden…

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Spring ranger day at Brownsea

THE National Trust’s Brownsea Island, which has been voted Britain’s favourite nature reserve, is managed by a team of dedicated countryside rangers. On Wednesday 29th May, during half term, young visitors will have the opportunity to experience what it’s like to be a ranger for a day, undertaking practical tasks and learning some bushcraft skills….

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Donations help Little Terns at Chesil

THE Royal Society for the Protection of Birds has thanked members of the public for their generous support of a fund-raising appeal to run the annual Little Tern Recovery Project at Chesil Beach this summer. Each year from April to August the project protects Chesil Beach’s Little Tern colony from predators and disturbance, to give…

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Nightjars at Arne

THE Royal Society for the Protection of Birds has arranged a weekly series of walks to discover the elusive nightjars at the RSPB Arne nature reserve, on Thursday evenings in June and July, starting at 8pm. Ellie Sunderland, RSPB Arne visitor experience officer, says: “Experience one of our most mysterious birds in a stunning and…

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Emperor dragonflies at Tyntesfield

SPECTACULAR Emperor dragonflies are emerging from the ponds at the National Trust’s Tyntesfield estate during late May and early June each year. Emperor dragonflies (Anax Imperator) are Britain’s largest dragonfly species, with a wingspan of up to 10cm, and up to 100 new adults will shed their underwater skins and take off from the water….

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National Mills weekend at Dunster

THE ancient working watermill at Dunster on the Somerset coast will be part of the National Mills Weekend, on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th May. Visitors to the National Trust property will be able to see the 18th-century watermill in action on both days. There will be mill tours discussing how the mill works and…

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