Members of Pensthorpe’s Junior Board, and their siblings, were the first to try out Pensthorpe Natural Park’s new mud kitchen and trial some of the activities for its new summer event, Nature’s WILD Tribe.
The outdoor mud kitchen is the latest addition to WildRootz and the 4.3 feet wide kitchen was built onsite by the team in four days. Featuring four bowls, utensils such as spoons and whisks and a tap, it is made from recycled materials, including an old wheelbarrow and uses some of the reserve’s old signage as blackboards.
Kelly Lovick, Play Manager at Pensthorpe Natural Park, came up with the idea of the mud kitchen and comments: “Messy play is not only important to support with the development of fine motor skills, but is also a fantastic sensory experience and great for imagination and role play. It also creates nostalgia for adults, so all ages, including mum and dad, can join in the muddy fun! When I was young we didn’t have the technology that children do now, so I was always making mud pies and getting dirty in the garden. That’s why we wanted to build our own mud kitchen and it is such a simple and fun thing that adults can enjoy with the children.”
The first Pensthorpe Bird and Wildlife Fair was held on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 May 2019 at Pensthorpe Natural Park, near Fakenham, and attracted around 2,500 visitors.
Celebrating Norfolk as the birdwatching capital of the UK, visitors were treated to talks, guided walks, demonstrations, book signings and around 50 exhibitors being in attendance.
Highlights included guest appearances from nature and wildlife experts including Simon King OBE, known for his work on Big Cat Diary and Springwatch, and Mike Dilger, The One Show wildlife reporter and presenter on Nature’s Babies.
Simon King OBE said: “The natural world is a constant source of inspiration and Norfolk is prolific as being the most amazing county for birdwatching and nature as it is buzzing with wildlife. Pensthorpe really is the hub for that and May is a busy time for migrating species so the Fair was held at the perfect time of year. I’ve enjoyed a great weekend celebrating nature in the county.”
Pensthorpe Natural Park has added one of Britain’s best-known birders, Bill Oddie OBE, to its programme of guest speakers at the Pensthorpe Bird and Wildlife Fair on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 May 2019 and announced an exciting programme of talks at the two-day event.
Wildlife presenter and conservationist Bill Oddie OBE, who has presented popular TV programmes including Springwatch and Autumnwatch, will join well-known TV naturalists Simon King OBE and Mike Dilger, along with other bird and wildlife experts, at the event, which aims to highlight the county’s credentials as a birding and wildlife hotspot.
Visitors can look forward to both male and female experts from the world of television, conservation and birdwatching giving talks on both days. Highlights include speakers from the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, the RSPB, Joe Harkness of Bird Therapy, who recently appeared on Winterwatch with Chris Packham talking about the healing power of birds, as well as wildlife photographers sharing their tips on capturing incredible footage.
With the chief executive of the Environment Agency recently announcing that England is set to run short of water within 25 years, the importance of this valuable resource, how to conserve it and educating the next generation is vital. That’s why Pensthorpe Conservation Trust is showcasing the importance of water by making it the theme of its annual Wild About the Wensum event when it returns to Pensthorpe Natural Park, near Fakenham, on Sunday 12th May 2019.
Wild About the Wensum, now in its thirteenth year and taking place from 10am to 5pm, aims to encourage people of all ages, especially families who often don’t get the chance to be outdoors, to enjoy the beautiful Wensum Valley, and understand its importance, within which Pensthorpe Natural Park is located.
It is hoped that the breeding fortunes are on the up for a group of Greater Flamingos at Pensthorpe Natural Park, near Fakenham in Norfolk, which has welcomed 20 new birds to join its resident flock of 29.
The new birds, which have come from Slimbridge Wetland Centre, near Gloucester, take the Pensthorpe flock beyond the ‘magic number 40’ which, according to experts, can help to boost breeding rates amongst the birds.
Flamingos are notoriously social birds that enjoy living in colonies of sometimes over 100. The larger the flock, the more likely the birds are to mate.
The new birds, which are in excellent condition, range from two to 30 years old, and have settled well into their new surroundings at the Norfolk nature reserve.
12 of the new birds are female whilst eight are male, taking the gender split of the entire flock to 24 males and 25 females.
Pensthorpe Natural Park, near Fakenham, has unveiled the team of young nature-lovers who have been selected to help the reserve motivate the next generation to connect with nature and look after the environment.
The 12-strong group, aged between nine and 11, are the latest recruits for Pensthorpe’s Junior Board, an initiative which has been in place since 2015 to offer passionate young people an opportunity to help influence ways in which the Norfolk attraction can better engage with young people.
The latest intake, which will be in place until June 2020, has been selected from a host of entries submitted by budding nature lovers from across the county.
A Norfolk visitor attraction is doing its bit to help save wetland habitats by launching a new Wetland Discovery Area for visitors.
On Thursday 19 July 2018, Pensthorpe Natural Park, in Fakenham, opened the doors to its latest new attraction, the Wetland Discovery Area, which is intended to educate visitors about the importance and fragility of wetland habitats and to inspire them to help protect them.
The new £70,000 educational area demonstrates the different wetland habitats around the world such as lakes, rivers and garden ponds, and has been part-funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Pensthorpe Natural Park, in Fakenham, is celebrating three decades of nature conservation as the reserve toasts its 30th anniversary on 11 July 2018.
Opened in 1988 as a waterfowl and wetland park, the 700-acre estate has grown to become one of Norfolk’s largest visitor attractions, having welcomed over 3million visitors through its doors.
Founded by Bill Makins, one of Europe’s leading waterfowl breeders, who transformed the site following a multi-million tonne sand and gravel extraction, Pensthorpe has, since 2002, been under the care of Bill and Deb Jordan, Bill being the founder of Jordans Cereals.
One of Norfolk’s largest attractions is on the hunt for budding David Attenborough’s to join its Junior Board.
Pensthorpe Natural Park, near Fakenham, is searching for young nature enthusiasts aged between eight and 11 to help shape the development of the reserve.
The Pensthorpe Junior Board, which launched in 2015, aims to offer passionate young people an opportunity to develop their learning and gain some practical experience about running a modern nature reserve.
TV presenter, author and naturalist, Nick Baker, is set to open The Pensthorpe Conservation Trust’s* annual community event Wild About the Wensum on Saturday 12th May 2018.
Intrepid explorer and natural history expert Nick, who has famously presented Weird Creatures (C5), The Really Wild Show (BBC One) and Springwatch Unsprung (BBC Two), will officially open the event, meet members of the public and even host a bug hunt for kids!
Wild About the Wensum, now in its twelfth year, is a special one-day event held by the Pensthorpe Conservation Trust with the sole focus on encouraging people of all ages, especially families who often don’t get the chance to be outdoors, to enjoy the beautiful Wensum Valley, within which Pensthorpe Natural Park is located.