Latest News

20 Mar 2020

The first day of spring

Gardens |

Jonathan wrote this blog with a hope of inspiring those of you who are isolated at home to get outside into your gardens and enjoy the peace, tranquillity and beauty that can be found from all the different plant species that appear at this time of year.

5 Mar 2020

February 2020 – Gardens

Gardens |

Our Head Gardener, Jonathan, discusses the impact of the weather on the four gardens as well as the cut down of the Millennium Garden.

5 Mar 2020

February 2020 – Reserve

Reserve |

Our Reserve Manager, Richard, discusses the latest on the reserve; with topsy turvy weather and water levels fluctuating. Find out more about what has been happening on the reserve this month...

5 Mar 2020

February 2020 – Aviculture

Aviculture |

In this look back on February Chrissie discusses our five-month old Greater Flamingo chick, Hawaiian geese and development work carried out.

3 Mar 2020

World Wildlife Day 2020

General |

World Wildlife Day, a day to recognise and appreciate all wild animal and plant species to be crucial components to the world’s biodiversity. Our Wildlife Education officer, Allan has written a blog to highlight their importance.

19 Feb 2020

National Nest Box Week 2020

This week being National Nest Box Week, we look back on a slightly alternative role that nest boxes play in their purpose...

6 Feb 2020

January 2020 – Gardens

Gardens |

Our Head Gardener, Jonathan, discusses the burst of scents and colours that currently permeate the four gardens; from the winter-flowering honeysuckle to the Witch Hazel, the scents from our gardens will certainly awaken your senses...

6 Feb 2020

January 2020 – Reserve

Birds |

Our Reserve Manager, Richard, discusses the latest on the reserve; with heavy rainfall and duck numbers fluctuating. Find out more about what has been happening on the reserve this month...

6 Feb 2020

January 2020 – Aviculture

Aviculture |

Chrissie reflects on January discussing how two of our wardens attended the the BIAZA Native Species and Field Conservation Conference at Chester Zoo; attending talks on behalf of Pensthorpe Natural Park and the PCT as well as the annual bird count, an important part of our work and a key element of our zoological requirements...

31 Jan 2020

World Wetlands Day 2020

Conservation |

To highlight the global significance of this habitat, our conservation experts here have written a blog to explain the challenges wetland habitats face and the part that our team plays in conserving wetlands.

15 Jan 2020

Pensthorpe Bird & Wildlife Fair 2020

Birds |

This weekend event is a celebration of nature and wildlife in Norfolk, showcasing why Norfolk is renowned as ‘the birdwatching capital of Britain’. The event aims to bring together wildlife and bird enthusiasts alike...

9 Jan 2020

December 2019 – Reserve

Birds |

Our Reserve Manager, Richard, discusses the latest on the reserve; with spectacular sightings of birds of prey and high water levels resulting in fluctuating duck numbers. Find out more about what has been happening on the reserve this month...

9 Jan 2020

December 2019 – Gardens

Gardens |

Our Head Gardener, Jonathan, discusses the reopening of the Mill Pond Bridge, the never-ending task of clearing leaves, as well as the temporary sculptures created to inject colour into the gardens at this time of year...

9 Jan 2020

December 2019 – Aviculture

Aviculture |

Chrissie discusses in her look back on December our long-time friend, Professor David Bellamy OBE, as well as the preparations taken for the red squirrels, as we head into a key mating period...

12 Dec 2019

Professor David Bellamy OBE

A tribute and look back on the fond memories of late Professor David Bellamy OBE...

5 Dec 2019

November 2019 – Gardens

Gardens |

Our Head Gardener, Jonathan, discusses the latest work carried out in the gardens ready for the new year...

5 Dec 2019

November 2019 – Aviculture

Aviculture |

Our Head of Species Manager, Chrissie, discusses the flamingo chick's progress despite the winter chill, as well as a new addition to our red squirrel family, Iris...

5 Dec 2019

November 2019 – Reserve

Reserve |

Our Reserve Manager, Richard, discusses the hive of activity our Wader Scrape has had this November, with increasing numbers of Wigeon, and migratory birds flocking over. Find out more about what has been happening on the reserve this month...

5 Dec 2019

Winter birding in North Norfolk

Birds |

Our Reserve Manager, Richard Spowage discusses the abundance of migratory birds that flock to North Norfolk during the winter months, from oystercatcher to red knot, Richard highlights the birds to look out for this winter...

28 Nov 2019

A blog by photography tutor Julia Rafferty

Photography |

The Photographic Portfolio Development groups competition in response to Pensthorpe being named, 'Most beautiful garden to visit in Britain'. Take a look at the winning entries...

8 Nov 2019

October 2019 – Reserve

Reserve |

Our Reserve Manager, Richard, discusses the work carried out across the reserve this autumn, as well as the species spotted by both our visitors and wardens.

8 Nov 2019

October 2019 – Gardens

Gardens |

Our Head Gardener, Jonathan, discusses the changes in the gardens as well as the exclusive upcoming event in this look back on October...

8 Nov 2019

October 2019 – Aviculture

Aviculture |

Our Head of Species Manager, Chrissie, discusses our wonderful wardens, the progress of our flamingo chick, as well as the revamp work carried out in our Wader Aviary...

10 Oct 2019

World Mental Health Day 2019

General |

To mark World Mental Health Day we invited a friend of ours, Joe Harkness, to write a blog about his own experiences...

4 Oct 2019

September 2019 – Reserve

Reserve |

Our Reserve Manager, Richard, discusses the developments across the reserve, as well as the latest sightings in this look back on September...

4 Oct 2019

September 2019 – Aviculture

Aviculture |

Our Head of Species Manager, Chrissie, discusses the exciting new arrivals at Pensthorpe from red squirrel kittens to flamingo chicks, find out more in this look back on September...

3 Oct 2019

September 2019 – Gardens

Gardens |

Our Head Gardener, Jonathan, discusses the changing colours in ours gardens as well as the stunning sculptures that complement our Millennium Garden in this look back on September...

27 Sep 2019

World Rivers Day

Conservation |

To celebrate World Rivers Day we have written a short piece discussing the River Wensum.

25 Sep 2019

BBC TV’s Countryfile visits Pensthorpe Natural Park

Conservation |

We were delighted when BBC TV’s Countryfile got in touch to say that they wanted to report on some of our conservation work with corncrakes and red squirrels.

18 Sep 2019

‘Water Warrior’ winners enjoy “fantastic” Pensthorpe visit

Events |

Read more about the winning display at our Wild About the Wensum event, created by four children from Catton Grove Primary Academy.

13 Sep 2019

Pensthorpe named as one of the top 20 gardens in the UK

We were thrilled to find out that The Times newspaper has recently named Pensthorpe Natural Park as home to some of Britain’s most beautiful gardens.

9 Sep 2019

First ever flamingo eggs at Pensthorpe

Flamingos |

We are tickled pink at the arrival of the first flamingo eggs here at Pensthorpe – the first in the 15 years since we have had Greater Flamingo here.

4 Sep 2019

Don’t forget the silver lining!

Conservation |

With the Conservation Optimism Summit being held this week, our Wildlife Education Officer highlights reasons to be optimistic about the future of wildlife.

15 Aug 2019

Wellbeing socials at Pensthorpe

Events |

The purpose of the wellbeing socials is to provide a space where anyone can have a reflective conversation with likeminded people.

12 Aug 2019

Exploring Abstract Ideas Through Photography

Photography |

From Tuesday 30th July 2019 to autumn 2019, an exhibition of exciting new photography, will be displayed in the Exhibition Room at Pensthorpe Natural Park.

7 Aug 2019

Mobiloo Weekend

Events |

New ‘accessible’ family weekend following feedback from Norfolk mum.

30 Jul 2019

Interview with Sculptor Jenny Pickford

Events |

Sculptor Jenny Pickford talks about nature as her inspiration and being ‘blown away’ by Pensthorpe ahead of six-week exhibition

25 Jul 2019

Join our WILD Tribe this summer

Events |

Bring your own wild tribe this summer to our NEW Nature’s WILD Tribe event, which starts today and runs throughout the summer holidays.

10 Jul 2019

It’s our birthday!

General |

11 July 2019, is our 31st birthday and to celebrate we’ve put together 31 facts about Pensthorpe Natural Park.

4 Jul 2019

It’s Been a Hoot!

General |

Read our Hootz House facts as we celebrate its 4th birthday.