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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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