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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.

 

Summer of fun

Kick off the summer by learning about productive working woodlands, toasting marshmallows and sipping hot chocolate by an open fire. Make a pipe-cleaner dragonfly before exploring the Duck Decoy to spot the real thing.  Finish your summer by meeting and learning about the Kooikerhondje dog breed and the role they played in Duck Decoys.
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Wellies at the ready

Don’t forget your wellies

Make sure you pack your wellies before visiting the Duck Decoy as the paths have got a little muddy of late.

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Have fun building your own den

Have fun building your own den

Whether you're into building dens, bird watching, bug hunting or simply running around in the rain, there are plenty of our 50 things to do before your 11 and 3/4 for you to tick off your list here.

 

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