Heron moves in to take over island nest

The squatter heron on the nest in the middle of the Prior Park lake

The squatter heron on the nest in the middle of the lake at Prior Park (C)National Trust/Anna Kilcooley

A marauding heron has taken over a coot’s nest in the centre of a lake at Prior Park in Bath – and is refusing to give it up.

A heron has long lived around the lake in the landscape garden, managed by the National Trust, but has recently taken a liking to proudly sitting on top of a stack of weeds in the centre of the lower lake. The pile was originally a nest made by coots, but the heron has now staked a claim to the spot and can regularly be seen relaxing on his new island abode.

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Plymbridge Peregrine chicks have fledged


ZZ_DSC4087_fhdr-copy-1024x682There have been some new faces appearing at the Plym Peregrine Project appearing in the National Trust’s Plymbridge Woods, near Plymouth.

In April the resident wild falcons were sat on 4 eggs on a ledge on a long-disused slate quarry, this marks the pairs 6th nesting year. In May the 4 chicks hatched, although unfortunately just a few weeks later 2 had disappeared from the nest with only a female and a male chick remaining.

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Stourhead’s ‘School of Athens’ to be conserved

Steve Clare, from Holy Well, inspecting the work needed to the lunette window at Stourhead (c) National Trust / Alison Holmes

The National Trust team at Stourhead has commissioned Holy Well Glass, based in Wells, to carry out repairs and conservation work to the lunette window in the library in Stourhead House.

The lunette window was painted by Francis Eginton in 1803 and is based on Raphael’s ‘School of Athens’ depicting the greatest thinkers of the classical world.  It was commissioned by Richard Colt Hoare and designed specifically for Stourhead.

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BBC poet Ian McMillan to celebrate Coleridge

Coleridge Cottage - Ian Macmillan (c) National Trust - Adrian Mealing

BBC poet Ian McMillan to celebrate Coleridge

Poet and BBC radio presenter, Ian McMillan, will be hosting an entertaining evening celebrating the work of British Romantic poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, on Monday 27 June.

Ian McMillan, presenter of BBC Radio Three’s ‘The Verb’, will give a talk as part of ‘Writing Places.’ The audience will be welcome to join Ian for the evening and put questions to him at the event being held in the village of Nether Stowey in Somerset, home to the National Trust’s award winning Coleridge Cottage.

Ian McMillan's welcome to his Bewdley Festival performance! (c) National Trust / Ruth Bourne

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Dyrham Park conservation project ends paving the way for new plans

Dyrham Park East Front May 2016 (C)National Trust-Laura Williams

Dyrham Park West Front May 2016 (c)National Trust-Laura WilliamsThe last of the scaffolding has come down at Dyrham Park, marking not only the end of the £3.8m conservation project to replace the leaking roof, but the start of a new era for Dyrham Park.

The National Trust team has now begun the huge task of finding a new way to tell the story of the 17th-century house, transforming the garden and building a lasting legacy for the attraction.


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Ship shape and Tyntesfield fashion

Tyntesfield Woodland play 2 (c)National Trust - Peter Hall
Tyntesfield's new play area artists impression (c) Touchwood

Tyntesfield’s new play area artists impression (c) Touchwood

An extensive new woodland play area, with a nautical theme, will be opened by the National Trust at Tyntesfield on 31 May.

A play trail already exists at the estate, but the new additions have been created in response to feedback from visitors, who have asked for more to explore in the woods.

There will be three new play structures, as well as additions made to two which already exist on a pathway leading up into the woods. Continue reading…

The National Portrait Gallery and the National Trust explore Portraits after Hans Holbein the Younger

Jane Seymour (c) National Portrait Gallery, London

The new ‘Copying Holbein’ exhibition is now on show in the Long Gallery at Montacute House. Featuring portraits from the collections of the National Portrait Gallery and National Trust, the display brings together a selection of surviving copies of portraits by German painter Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/8–1543).

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Capability Brown 300 anniversary month at Prior Park – June 2016

The Palladian Bridge at Prior Park Landscape Garden, Bath, Somerset.
The Palladian Bridge at Prior Park Landscape Garden, Bath, Somerset.

The Palladian Bridge at Prior Park Landscape Garden, Bath, Somerset.

A celebration of the 300th anniversary of landscape gardener Capability Brown, is being held at Prior Park Landscape Garden in Bath.

The National Trust, which cares for Prior Park, is taking part in the national celebrations for the tercentenary of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown with a series of events, classes and workshops throughout June.

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