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Come and meet a duckling or two here at Bentley this weekend

This weekend is Spring into Nature 2012 here on the Bentley estate. It’s a two day celebration of nature and Sussex wildlife.

We’re also opening up the Bentley wildfowl reserve gates, so you can go behind the scenes, meet the keepers and ask them anything you’d like to know about our wildfowl breeding programmes and conservation work. There are lots of ducklings for you to meet and some new birds who are about to be introduced to the reserve.

We also have exhibitors who are specialists in creating wildflower meadows so you can learn about which plants attract birds and encourage bugs and bees. We have beekeepers who can tell you all you might want to know about bees – oh, and some moth and butterfly enthusiasts too. A pondlife guru will be here over the weekend to show you newts, frogs and all about what lurks beneath the surface of the water. The Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service will be here too, alongside the Sussex Bat Hospital (on Saturday only) talking about the important work they do locally.

You’ll have lots of opportunities to meet the bugs, birds and animals up close. The event is aimed at the whole family; for anyone who loves nature and local wildlife. And there is no extra charge for this event; normal admission prices apply over the weekend.

The woods here at Bentley are full of bluebells too and we’ve spotted three lovely fox cubs in a sett near the estate office. We’re hoping to catch them on camera over the weekend.

Hope to see you here!

One of our specially designed bug havens up in the woods