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Ospreys return to Nature Reserve at Holker Estate

A pair of Ospreys have once again returned to Natural England’s Roudsea Wood and Mosses National Nature Reserve on the Holker Estate.

The Ospreys were first seen on the site in 2013 but it was not until the following year, after the construction of a purpose-built nesting platform, that the pair adopted the platform and began to build their nest. They reared two chicks successfully in 2014 returning in 2015 and 2016. 

This year, the male bird returned on 27th March and quickly restored possession of the nest, successfully seeing off an intruder male before welcoming back the female bird to the nest on 2nd April.  Is it anticipated that the birds will spend the next two weeks rebuilding the nest structure before laying up to three eggs. Hopefully these will hatch in early June and the chicks will take their first flight in mid-July.

Whilst the female bird will spend nearly all her time on the nest, the male will be hunting for fish in the nearby Leven Estuary. These birds thrive on a diet of grey mullet and flat fish hauled from the tidal channels of the sea.

The Roudsea male bird was ringed as a chick in North Wales in 2008 to help track his movements and support conservation efforts.  Chicks produced in the Roudsea nest this year will also be carefully ringed in early July and hopefully they will be recognisable when they eventually return to breed in England after three years in Africa.

Visitors are welcome at the Reserve to view the Osprey nest from the viewing point on the bog boardwalk but they must request a free visiting permit in advance from the Senior Reserves Manager, Rob Petley-Jones via email rob.petley-jones@naturalengland.org.uk.

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Sunday, November 6, 2016

A Unique Partnership Offers Weddings as Unique as You!

A new partnership has been formed in Cumbria and The Lakes for Weddings that are as unique as each couple tying the knot. The history and heritage of the stunning Holker Hall, home of the Cavendish family, the culinary magic of Campbell and Rowley plus the expertise of The Lake District Wedding Company of all things wedding offer an unrivalled combination.

Holker Hall Wedding Fair on Sunday 13th November is the first showcase of this offer and an exciting opportunity for brides and grooms-to-be to experience the sights sounds and tastes on offer for their perfect wedding package.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Holker prepares for largest Winter Market in 13 years

Holker Hall in Cark-In-Cartmel is preparing for its largest ever Winter Market in 13 years, with 80 stalls already confirmed.

From small beginnings back in 2004, the Winter Market has grown in popularity with both exhibitors and the general public.  “We’re thrilled to see that this event is thriving and that businesses are booking stalls as it’s a really popular date on our event calendar for visitors.  We always find there’s a lovely atmosphere across the weekend as people are getting in that Christmas spirit and want to find something a little more unusual for gifts and stocking fillers,” comments Jillian Rouse, Head of Visitor Services. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Halloween fun at Holker

Halloween Fun takes place at Holker Hall & Gardens at Cark-in-Cartmel over the October half term holiday, 27th – 30th October 2016. 

Visitors will be able to take part in a number of Halloween themed activities including a guided Wicked Walk within the award-winning gardens.  This will take place on Saturday at 2pm and cost £3.50 per person with pre-booking recommended. 

Monday, September 12, 2016

Over 4,000 visitors head to the Holker Chilli Fest for fiery fun!

It was fiery fun all round at Holker this weekend, as well over 4,000 visitors headed to the third annual Chilli Fest. Organisers recorded a 5% increase on last year’s visitor numbers with a fun and lively weekend enjoyed by families and chilli-enthusiasts alike.