Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Norfolk Review (Part 4) - Pensthorpe Wildlife Park

Day 6 saw us visiting Pensthorpe Wildlife Park, near Fakenham.
Lots of interesting areas to encourage the large number of school children who were also visiting including the 'Bug Trail'. As you can see some of the specimens were far larger than expected!
There was clear evidence everywhere that the BBC Springwatch was in residence; hides on the scrape occupied by wildlife cameramen monitoring the breeding Avocets and Little Ringed Plovers; seat and bridges with posters stating 'BBC Property - Not for Public Use'; camera and sound system with its own brolly top being set up over the stream plus many visitors eagerly scanned any occupied vehicle moving around the park in case it contained a well known personality!
Evidence that some breeding species have been very successful this season; Canada and Greylag Geese...
.....AND an Oystercatcher with chick nesting in the water garden which was cordoned off.
No excuses for showing more images of one of my favourites....Barnacle Geese.
Plus masses of Ox-eye Daises everywhere.
I must admit that I didn't stop to take many pics of the 'collection' species apart from a few in the 'endangered' pens but I'll leave them for a quiet moment sometime in the future.  If you haven't visited it is certainly worth making the effort if you are in the vicinity of Fakenham. I can definitely recommend the very reasonably priced on site catering. I ordered traditional sausages and mash which was served up with an unexpected additional side dish containing peas, green beans, carrots and red cabbage..delicious.   FAB.

3 comments:

  1. That Barnacle Goose sure has cute fluffy babies! I see why you like them. Looks like a great wildlife park to visit - especially for a bug enthusiast!

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  2. Another top spot well covered Frank. ps I love the skipper header - what a "FAB" shot!!

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  3. Shelley. At any age they are a charming goose. There were certainly plenty of bugs around!


    TonyC. Cheers. I thought it was time for a header change and this was a definite keeper from a recent walk.
    BTW Minsmere still to be covered.

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