News: PCT

Volunteering at Pensthorpe

conservation

Volunteers’ Week 2024

Volunteers Week is a chance to say thank you to our amazing group of volunteers for their hard work and dedication across the UK. This year, Volunteers Week takes place from 3rd to 9th June 2024 Here at Pensthorpe, we have a flock of volunteers who help to make Pensthorpe the place it is. They… Read more »

Ben Marshall

May 30, 2024

The first flamingo chick hatched - 2024

Competitions

WIN: Name our flamingo chicks and win general admission for our Flamingo Fiesta this September

This is your chance to WIN general admission to our Flamingo Fiesta this September at Pensthorpe for up to 6 people, plus a flamingo-themed goody bag. We’re excited to announce that the first of our flamingo chicks at Pensthorpe has hatched! The proud parents, Stilts (ID tag: BAD) and Electra (ID tag: BAC), are both… Read more »

Ben Marshall

May 30, 2024

Dennis Junior - Crane chick hatched 2024 at Pensthorpe. Photo Credit - Ben Andrews

PCT

Pensthorpe Celebrates the Arrival of Dennis the Eurasian Crane’s First Chick

Pensthorpe Natural Park is thrilled to announce the hatching of a chick by our beloved Eurasian crane, Dennis, and his mate. After several years of laying infertile eggs, this marks a joyous milestone for Dennis and his partner, making them proud parents at last. A Remarkable Journey Dennis has a unique and inspiring backstory. He… Read more »

Ben Marshall

May 29, 2024

Flaming egg at Pensthorpe

Flamingos

Egg-citing News from Pensthorpe: The Arrival of the First Flamingo Egg of the Season!

 The much-anticipated arrival of the first flamingo egg of the season marks the beginning of an enchanting period at our nature reserve. Pensthorpe is home to a diverse array of wildlife, and our beloved flock of 62 flamingos is certainly one of the highlights. These graceful birds, renowned for their vibrant plumage and elegant demeanour,… Read more »

Ben Marshall

April 23, 2024

Curlew and Corncrake Projects at Pensthorpe Summer 2023

conservation

Chicks a-plenty!

We had an exciting summer at Pensthorpe in 2023 . It was very busy for the Avicultural team with 43 curlews released, 94 corncrakes released, 5 greater flamingos hatched, 2 red crowned crane chicks, and over 20 chicks of various species in the wader aviary! It’s been a successful year on the corncrake project with… Read more »

Ben Marshall

December 21, 2023

conservation

Ruffs in the wader aviary

It’s a flurry of activity in the wader aviary at the moment with avocet, shoveler, turtle dove and bearded tit chicks and the ruff displaying with their elegant plumage. Male ruff have large colourful manes of feathers around their necks and shoulders, which provided the inspiration for their name. In the spring male ruff converge… Read more »

Chris Donaldson

July 4, 2023

conservation

Volunteers’ Week 2023 – A Celebration of the Hard Work and Dedication of Volunteers

Volunteers Week is a national celebration of the hard work and dedication of volunteers across the UK. This year, Volunteers Week takes place from 1-7 June. Volunteers make a vital contribution to our communities. They work in a wide range of settings, from schools and hospitals to charities and community groups. They give their time,… Read more »

Chris Donaldson

May 31, 2023

conservation

World Curlew Day

World Curlew Day is a global awareness day that celebrates the curlew, a large wading bird that is found in many parts of the world. The day is held on April 21st, which is the feast day of Saint Beuno, the patron saint of curlews. Curlews are beautiful and iconic birds. They are known for… Read more »

Chris Donaldson

April 21, 2023

PCT

Flamingo health check

This February the decision was made to catch our flock of 56 greater flamingos at Pensthorpe. One of our two year old chicks had a lump on his head that we wanted the vet to check out and we decided it would be an excellent opportunity to catch the whole flock to give them all… Read more »

Chris Donaldson

March 3, 2023