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A rare survival of a 17th-century duck decoy
The Boarstall Duck Decoy provides a fascinating insight into a rare aspect of British rural life. Once a common sight on rural estates, this 16th-century invention for catching waterfowl slowly disappeared. Today, there are only a handful remaining.
The decoy at Boarstall is surrounded by beautiful woodland, with an array of spring flowers including a large display of bluebells. There is an abundance of bird life, with many nesting and feeding sites. The wood is also home to several species of bat.
Children's autumn activities
Walk through the wood, catch a falling leaf and tick of one of your 50 things activities during autumn
During half term bring your fallen leaves and natural materials to the visitors hall and you can make some wild art to take home
Arrive after dark and take a spooky tour on Friday 31 October this Hallowe'en
More information on these events can be found here