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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 »

Nikki Gutierrez

March 3, 2023

PCT

Bird flu hasn’t stopped me smiling

On February 4th 2021 I was perched of the side of the Sierra Negra mountains in Cape Verde collecting biometric data of red billed tropic birds and deploying GPS trackers. I was blissfully unaware of the events occurring back at Pensthorpe. I knew there were still cases of avian influenza being reported daily in the… Read more »

Nikki Gutierrez

February 7, 2023

PCT

World Wetlands Day

World Wetlands Day is celebrated on 2nd February each year, to raise global awareness about Wetlands and the vital role they play for people and the planet. Wetlands are amazing, they sustain life; teem with biodiversity; naturally filter pollutants; store carbon and provide vital flood protection from storms. They are dynamic and ever changing throughout the… Read more »

Nikki Gutierrez

February 2, 2023

PCT

Release of endangered bird species at Sandringham Estate

A milestone for partners in large scale curlew release We’re pleased to announce that the Eurasian curlews that experts from our Pensthorpe Conservation Trust team hand reared from incubation in a purpose built facility were released at Sandringham Estate in the presence of HRH Prince of Wales yesterday (27th July 2021). This was a huge milestone… Read more »

Chris Donaldson

July 28, 2021

PCT

Volunteers’ Week 2021

Learn more about our super team of volunteers! This week was Volunteers’ week; a week to recognise and appreciate the hard work and contribution carried out by individuals all across the UK; we’re marking this week by celebrating the hard work of our wonderful group of volunteers we currently have as part of our Pensthorpe… Read more »

Chris Donaldson

June 6, 2021

Gardens

20 Star Plants

The Millennium Garden’s top 20 plants We’re celebrating 20 years of the stunning Millennium Garden – our wild, one-acre contemporary landscape designed by world-renowned Dutch plantsman, Piet Oudolf. There may be hundreds of plants set within the colourful borders but which ones are the stars to look out for? Head Gardener, Jonathan Pearce, gives us his top 20.… Read more »

Chris Donaldson

August 28, 2020

Gardens

Millennium Garden

Spellbinding Norfolk garden celebrates 20 years “Pensthorpe remains one of the best places to see Oudolf’s work on a large scale…” The Telegraph, 4th July 2020.   The Millennium Garden is many things: breathtaking, creative, colourful, meditative and restorative. It’s also 20 years old, having been planted to launch during the summer of the Millennium.… Read more »

Chris Donaldson

August 6, 2020

Reserve

The importance of nettles

Nettles provide a safe habitat for aphids This week our blog has been written by our Seasonal Aviculture Warden, Amy Plows: “Spring has sprung and everywhere you look, including at Pensthorpe, there are nettles popping up in fresh, leafy patches. Whilst many people consider the stinging nettle a weed or an unwanted cause of pain,… Read more »

Chris Donaldson

May 21, 2020

PCT

Red-crowned cranes at Pensthorpe

Red-crowned cranes – our rarest species Their Latin name is Grus japonensis and they are IUCN red-listed as Endangered with a wild population less than 2000 individuals and decreasing. Pensthorpe have a special link with red-crowned cranes, and the International Crane Foundation (ICF) who work closely with local communities to raise awareness of the crane’s plight in East Asia,… Read more »

Chris Donaldson

May 7, 2020