Nature walks dates for 2024.
Sunday 17th March – NIGEL – NESTS & NEST BOXES
A lovely walk around Church Farm and Church Wood. We will be looking at how to make and where to put different types of nest boxes, looking at bird’s nests and the difference between a crow’s nest and a squirrel’s drey.
Sunday 21st April – NIGEL – SPRINGWATCH AT STOW
A walk along the “Chase”, the original gateway to the Estate. We will have a gentle walk looking for signs of Spring. It’s also a good time to see some of the other wonderful animals that inhabit Stow Estate.
EXTRA SPECIAL – Sunday 5th May – NIGEL – INTERNATIONAL DAWN CHORUS DAY
This special walk starts at 5am and is followed by a hot (meat or veggie) breakfast at Church Farm. A wonderful opportunity to listen to the glorious song of the dawn chorus and hopefully see lots of wildlife as the sun comes up.
*Adults & Children (aged 8 or over) – £20.00 (must be pre-booked) *
Sunday 12th May – NEW WALKS WITH OUR SHEPHERD!! – HARRY – LAMB LIAISON – Adults and children (aged 6 and over)
An interesting walk through Stow village and Stow Hall Gardens, discovering some of the local history, then pausing at The Chase to see some of the lovely lambs playing in the field.
Sunday 19th May – NIGEL – NEW WOOD WALK
This will be a glorious walk in a very special woodland area that has some fascinating flora and fauna. You never know what you might find along the way.
Sunday 26th May – HARRY – LAMB LIAISON
Another opportunity to walk through Stow village and Stow Hall Gardens, discovering some of the local history, then pausing at The Chase to see some of the lovely lambs playing in the field.
Sunday 16th June – NIGEL – SUMMER MEADOW MEANDER
A walk on Grupp meadow, which is a white grass area, to look at the wonderful plants and insects that are found there. This walk will give us the chance to feel nature as well as see nature. If we are lucky, we might see Barn Owls hunting.
Sunday 23rd July – HARRY – SUPER SHEEP
(Details to be confirmed)
Sunday 21st July – NIGEL – BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLIES AND MAGESTIC MOTHS
The Estate is a great place to see many varieties of butterflies and moths. We will try to identify all we find in the overnight moth trap and as we walk through the Estate.
Sunday 4th August – NIGEL – ROE DEER RUT
We will take a quiet walk with the Estate Deer Stalker to look for the 3 types of deer we have living wild on the estate. Dress to camouflage, no strong scents and keep quiet, hopefully we will see these elusive animals in their natural habitat.
Sunday 18th August – NIGEL – HARVEST FIELDS, A SHARED BOUNTY
As the combine harvester leaves the fields, a lot of wildlife moves in to enjoy the bounty left behind. We will be looking for birds, small animals, and deer. This is the easiest time to spot unusual wildlife.
Sunday 1st September – HARRY – TERRIFIC TUPS
(Details to be confirmed)
Sunday 15th September – NIGEL – FOOD FORAGING IN THE HEDGEROWS
A walk along some of our lovely hedgerows with a basket for fruits & foraging.
Sunday 20th October – NIGEL – FANTASTIC & FUNNY FUNGI *(3.30pm start)
Join us for a stroll through the woods with our fungi expert Jenny, to look at the wonderful autumn trees and to find some fiendish fungi.
NOTE: Depending on the weather, we might need to change the last two walks round. Nature will show what she wants to but there is always something special on the estate to see and enjoy.
Meet Nigel or Harry in the Church Farm Tea Room at 4:30pm on the day of the walk (3:30pm in October) for coffee / tea / squash & cake and to talk about the walk and what to look out for.