News: 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 »

July 28, 2021


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 »

June 6, 2021


Red Squirrels: David Stapleford’s Legacy

A celebration of a delightful native mammal, the red squirrel Enigmatic, iconic, beautiful, delightful, just some of the adjectives often used to describe one of our favourite native mammals, the red squirrel. They appear to have a spirit of mischievous irreverence; one that was captured in the Beatrix Potter book ‘The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin’, where Nutkin… Read more »

January 21, 2021


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 »

May 7, 2020


Crane population hits record levels

Cranes make a comeback to the UK The Common crane (also know as the Eurasian crane) was lost from the UK for nearly 400 years, but thanks to conservation efforts their population numbers have once again hit record levels. These birds, the tallest in the UK at 4ft, used to be quite common however. They… Read more »

April 24, 2020


First ever flamingo eggs at Pensthorpe

Tickled pink at the arrival of flamingo eggs   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. After we welcomed another 20 new birds last year to our previous flock of 29, it was… Read more »

September 9, 2019