Plants & animals
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Honeybees are worth over £200m a year to UK agriculture because of their work pollinating crops. Unfortunately, they're suffering from viruses, a parasitic mite and changes in the weather. We're doing our part to increase the bee population with a beehive in the walled garden which has been decorated by local primary school children. We're hoping to add another one soon. The bees are looked after by the Apiarists of our team and in the near future the honey they make will be sold in the shop.
There’s evidence of a deer park at Ickworth as early as 1259. Today, Ickworth is home to Roe, Fallow and Muntjac deer. We have to manage the numbers of deer regularly, both to maintain the health of the deer as well as the park. Whilst working in the high offices of the Rotunda, it is delightful to see the herds roaming the fields.