An ancient and fragile habitat
Escape into the ancient and fragile habitats of Calke Park.
Calke Park has a rich and varied landscape, from rolling grassland to ancient oaks. About a third of the park is a National Nature Reserve, recognised in 2004 due to the quality of its wood pasture, one of our rarest habitats.
Some of the trees here are among the oldest in Europe.
Calke Park is open all year round.
Each season has something new to see and do. Spring is full of new life and birdsong. Summer is great for long walks and butterflies. The autumn deer rut is a must and winter reveals knotted branches as the trees lose their leaves.
Busy bird hides
Watch this greater spotted woodpecker getting some food.
Make sure to visit our bird hides in the far right corner of the main car park and in the wetlands.
Rare species, such as a turtle dove, have been spotted here and the hides are great for taking wildlife photos.
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Walk around the edge of the enclosure where red and fallow deer live and get a closer look.
Our hives in the Large Kitchen Garden provide honey for us to sell at Apple Day.
Our wonderfully ancient trees and permanent pastures are host to an array of eclectic fungi.
Take in some wildlife on this walk around our National Nature Reserve.