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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

Autumn leaves

Autumn leaves

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

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.

Start your 50 things adventures here

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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