Wildlife week this half term

Children wildlife watching

Barrington Court offers the chance for the whole family to get outside and explore nature this half term with hands on activities and plenty of space to enjoy the great outdoors.

Wildlife days are happening from Tuesday 28 to Thursday 30 May, when experts from local bat, bee and insect charities will be at Barrington Court to share their knowledge with you. There may even be a few living exhibits amongst the interactive displays.

On Friday 31 May there will be the opportunity to get up close to some magnificent working birds of prey. The bird’s handlers will be expecting plenty of questions about their charges and providing commentary during the flying displays.  Two flying displays are planned during the day at 11.30am and 2.30pm, but please be aware that these times are approximate.

The willow-weaving workshop (£2 per person) on Wednesday 29 May gives people the chance to get hands on and crafting with the materials that nature provides us.  Volunteer, Carol, will be showing everyone how to craft a dragonfly from this versatile plant.

The distinctive six-spot burnet is one of the easier moths to identify
A six-spot burnet moth, with its vivid red spotted wings, sitting on a pale pink flower
The distinctive six-spot burnet is one of the easier moths to identify

Don’t forget to explore the garden and parkland to see what wildlife you can spot.  With the blossoms emerging in the orchards, there are plenty of birds and bugs out and about. Butterflies, bees, spotted woodpeckers and mistle thrush can all be seen in the grounds.  You can pick up a copy of the seasonal ‘Care for Barrington’ trail and venture beyond the routes people normally take.

Make the most of the outdoors by eating al fresco and enjoying a picnic on the sweeping south lawn beside the Court house.  It provides the perfect view of the surrounding parkland and gives you the chance to make good use of the traditional lawn games available.

Please be aware that admission is free for National Trust members. Normal admission prices apply for non-National Trust members.