Wildlife Walk: The Bird Life of Haddon Medieval Park

  • 19 April 2024
  • Haddon Hall

Wildlife Walk: The Bird Life of Haddon Medieval Park

On the 19th and 21st of April, a Parkland Bird Walk is scheduled to begin at 10:30 am, lasting approximately 2-3 hours. Priced at £38.50 per person, this experience is designed for enthusiasts aged 12 and over. Parking is available for a fee of £3.80, payable via contactless at the exit barrier. Due to limited availability, prior booking is essential. It should be noted that refunds or alternative dates cannot be offered for this event. Attendees will benefit from a discounted entry to Haddon Hall and its exquisite gardens at £13.00 per person on the day of the walk, a privilege obtained by presenting the booking reference at the Ticket Office post-walk.

Facilities including toilets will be accessible in the Stable Block both before and after the walk. Moreover, the Restaurant offers a variety of food and drink options. It is important to note that dogs are not allowed on the bird walk.

Feedback from a previous year’s attendee highlights the enjoyment derived from the Bird Walk, crediting the day’s success to the guide, Jack, for his friendly demeanor, expertise, and engaging presentation. The event was praised for its meticulous organization.

This year, the event is honoured to have Jack Baddams, a distinguished bird expert from BBC Springwatch, return to lead two Bird Walks in Haddon Medieval Park. The park, spanning 187 hectares, features a landscape that has remained largely unchanged for over 900 years. It boasts a diverse ecosystem, including organic ancient pastures, woodlands, water meadows, and river banks, providing a habitat for an impressive array of wildlife. A recent survey identified 58 bird species residing in the park, with several listed on the Conservation Red and Amber lists.

Jack Baddams will guide participants through the private parkland encircling Haddon Hall, offering a rare glimpse into its varied habitats. The walk promises a leisurely pace with ample opportunities for bird observation and appreciation.

With a lifelong passion for birds, Jack Baddams brings extensive expertise as an ornithologist, having participated in global scientific expeditions and contributed to significant research. In the UK, he collaborates with organisations like the RSPB and local landowners for bird surveys and is a licensed bird ringer with the British Trust for Ornithology. His role with BBC Springwatch involves producing content for one of the country’s most beloved nature programs. Baddams is committed to sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm for birds through public talks, guided walks, and social media.

Participants are advised that the walk traverses the natural terrain of Haddon Medieval Park, which can be uneven and potentially wet or muddy. For safety and comfort, sturdy footwear and appropriate clothing are recommended. While the beauty and unpredictability of nature make it impossible to guarantee sightings of specific species, the walk will proceed unless extreme weather conditions present safety concerns.

Wildlife Walk: The Bird Life of Haddon Medieval Park 1
  • Time : 10:30 - 13:30 (Europe/London)

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