24 Jun Macaw

Macaws are members of the parrot family and native to the jungles of Central and South America. They are recognisable for their dramatic plumage which varies widely across the seventeen different species of macaw. They have powerful beaks, which can easily crack nuts and seeds, and...

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24 Jun Barn Owl

Barn Owls are relatively common but rarely seen in the British wild. They eat mostly voles, shrews and mice, consuming around 1,500 per year. They swallow the animals whole and then cough up pellets containing the fur and bones. Barn Owls don’t hoot (that’s Tawny Owls),...

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24 Jun Black Swans

Black swans are elegant birds, which are primarily found in the wilds of Australia and New Zealand. They have almost entirely black plumage with red bills. They became popular on British country estates because of the way they swim, holding their necks arched or erect...

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24 Jun Ducks

Ducks have been farmed for thousands of years for meat, eggs and down, and in specific instances, for foie gras. With the exception of the Muscovy Duck, almost all varieties of domesticated duck are descended from the Mallard. There are around 40 breeds of domestic duck,...

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24 Jun Geese

Geese have been domesticated for at least 4,000 years, with the earliest examples being found in ancient Egypt. They also feature in Greek Mythology, such as in the story of Aphrodite who was met by the Charites, whose chariots were drawn by flocks of geese. Geese...

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24 Jun Peafowl

Peafowl became famous additions to the manicured gardens of British country houses from the 13th century onwards. Famed for their iridescent plumage and the fantastically colourful trains of the males, peafowl were a status symbol of the aristocracy. Kings, including Henry VIII, would often eat...

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24 Jun Guinea Fowl

Guinea Fowl come from sub-Saharan Africawhere they have been kept for meat, eggs and feathers for several hundred years. In some parts of the world, including Central and Northern Europe, the Guinea Fowl has become a popular alternative to turkey for Christmas lunch. The meat...

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24 Jun Turkey

Explorers first discovered turkeys in the 15th and 16th century in America. In 1550, William Strickland, who had introduced the turkey to England, was granted a coat of arms including a turkey as its central symbol. They are originally believed to have come from Mexico. Henry...

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24 Jun Pheasant

You will find a variety of pheasants around the Farm. Our range includes Common, Gold, Silver, Amherst and Reeves. Pheasants are noted for their dramatic plumage and have been bred as game birds all over the world. In fact, they make such excellent game birds...

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