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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.


Cadbury Easter Egg trail

Join us on our Easter Egg Trail

Join us on our Easter Egg Trail

18,19, 20, 21 April 11am-5pm

Have fun with all the family at Boarstall Duck Decoy this Easter.  Explore the woods collecting clues as you travel along the Easter egg trail and become an eggsplorer.  When you have collected all the clues return to Base Camp and collect your Cadbury chocolate Egghead prize.

  • £1.50 per trail  Normal admissions apply.

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Take a tranquil walk along our woodland path whilst enjoying the beautiful display of bluebells. See if you can also spot the Wood anemone and Primroses throughout the wood.