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Published on : 1st February 2018

Wildlife Walk at Bradgate Park

The famous Bradgate house ruins.

Bradgate Forest is conducting an introductory wildlife walk on Thursday, February 8, 2018. This activity starts at 11:30 A.M and takes approximately an hour to finish. A park volunteer is going to lead the walk which begins at the Newtown Linford Main Gates. This activity is free of charge, but parking fees apply.

Nestled on Leicestershire, Bradgate Park is noted for its amazing geological features and rich wildlife. In fact, a large part of the estate is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Found on this 1300-acre park are rock outcrops which are believed to be from the Precambrian period. These rocks, estimated to be over 500 million years old, are some of the oldest in the UK.

Bradgate Park is also known for its diverse flora and fauna. It is home to the largest population of ancient trees in Leicestershire, some of which are over 800 years old. Some of the trees you would find here include oaks, limes and birches. Meanwhile, park walls are laden with 300-year old lichens. In addition to ferns, liverworts and fungi, you would also see wild flowers and medicinal and herbal plants.

When it comes to its animal population, the park is famous for its herds of deer. First enclosed as a deer park 800 years ago, Bradgate Park currently has over 400 fallow and red deer. The estate is also home to the only remaining population of adders in Leicestershire. Moreover, it is teeming with birds such as the yellowhammer, reed bunting and meadow pipit. Bradgate Park also features 100 spider species and five bat species which includes the noctule bat.

If you are interested in joining the walk, booking in advance is required. This event is only open to 12 attendees so call the Visitor Centre early to reserve a slot. Most importantly, make sure you wear weather-appropriate clothing and footwear.

Photo by steve p2008

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  1. I love old castles and ruins! Wish I could visit there!

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