At-a-glance details

  • Dates29 June 2019 to 6 July 2019
  • Holiday typeTrust
  • AvailabilityPlaces available
  • Activity type Coast and countryside, Survey
  • Cost£170
  • Physicality7
  • Holiday code19ETM169
  • AccommodationHome Farm Bunkhouse

About Orchids and butterflies

Help with our annual orchid count and conservation work.

Join us for a week of varied of tasks starting with the annual count of orchids in Ticknall Limeyards and they will also be a chance to help with the conservation of a rare butterfly species with some micro-management around its favoured food plant, the wild strawberry. Other work may include clearance around recently planted trees and repairs to paths or steps.

About the accommodation

Home Farm used to be the farm manager’s house for the Harpur Crewe family who ran the Calke Estate for many generations prior to the National Trust taking it on in the mid-1980s. This quiet setting gives good out-of-hours access to walks and encounters with the estate wildlife; badgers, deer and bats are all close neighbours. There is a large yard and grass area outside suitable for BBQs and games. Outdoor chairs and tables are provided. There is a well-equipped kitchen, four showers and storage radiators throughout. The nearest pub is a 2-mile walk through the park to Ticknall.

Notes for guests

Although shorts are great if the weathers good do be aware this is the prime time for the local horseflies to have a feast, so may be better to keep covered up!

A standard kit list can be found on our Essential Information page. 

Enquire and book

Call 0344 800 3099

Opening times

Monday to Friday: 9am to 9pm
Saturday: 9am to 7pm
Sunday: 9am to 1pm
We are also open 9am to 5pm on bank holidays.


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