We are delighted that Haddon’s Medieval Private Park is now open to be enjoyed through our programme of guided ecological and historical walks and talks, and wellbeing classes.

Wildlife Walk: The Bird Life of Haddon Medieval Park

17 Jul

Walk commences at 10.00 am
Duration 2 hours

Parkland Bird Walk: £35.00 per person (not suitable for children under 12 yrs)
Parking £3.80 payable on arrival
Places limited, booking is essential – please see link below
Unfortunately we are not able to offer a refund or alternative date for this event
Discounted admission to Hall and Gardens: £11.50 per person

Toilets are available in the Stable Block at the start and finish of your walk
The Restaurant serves a wide selection of food and drink
Please note, dogs are not permitted on this walk

The Medieval Park at Haddon Hall is a rare treasure, comprising 187 hectares of organic ancient pasture, woodlands, water meadows and river banks.  Largely untouched for over 900 years with a diverse range of habitats, it is home to an incredible variety of bird life.   A recent survey found 58 different species of birds making their homes here, including 12 species on the Conservation Red List and 11 on the Conservation Amber List.  Notable species include: Dipper, House Martin, Linnet, Bullfinch, Kestrel, Kingfisher, Common Snipe, Barn Owl, Grey Wagtail, Quail, Common Sandpiper, Northern Goshawk, Tawny Owl, Osprey, Red Kite, Redstart, Common Whitethroat, Pied Flycatcher, Green Woodpecker and Lesser Spotted Woodpecker.

In this exclusive, one-off event, international bird expert Dr Geoff Mawson OBE will take you behind the scenes into the private parkland that surrounds Haddon Hall.  For approximately 2 hours, walking at a gentle pace with plenty of opportunities for observation, he will escort you around the different habitats within the Medieval Park to discover and appreciate its rich bird life.  Bring your binoculars!

With an interest in bird study from a young age, Dr Geoff Mawson OBE is a founder member of the Sorby Breck Ringing Group.  He has been involved in bird ringing projects across the world, including Africa, Asia, North America, Australia and Europe.  Dr Mawson OBE became involved in surveying the bird life at Haddon in 2012 and for 10 years he has enjoyed watching the expansion of bird species within the Medieval Park as it returns to its original status as an organic woodland pasture.  Recently retired, he has worked in education for all his professional life and is passionate about sharing his love of birds and the natural world with others.

Please note that this walk takes place within the unspoilt, natural landscape of the Haddon Medieval Park.  There are few paths, the terrain is uneven in places and may be wet and/or muddy.  For your safety and comfort you are advised to wear walking boots or other stout footwear and to have warm, waterproof clothing available with you to wear if required on the day of your visit.  Please bear in mind that we cannot guarantee good weather, nor can we guarantee what species you will see.  Nature is unpredictable!

If you come on one of our Parkland Walks you can also visit the Hall and Gardens on the same day at a discounted price.   After enjoying your walk, simply visit our Ticket Office and show proof of your Parkland walk booking to purchase your discounted ticket.



Wildlife Walk: The River Life of Haddon Medieval Park
9 Jul
Wildlife Walk: The Bird Life of Haddon Medieval Park
17 Jul
Wildlife Walk: The Butterflies of Haddon Medieval Park
23 Jul, 20 Aug
Photography Tuition Day within Haddon Medieval Park
27 Jul, 1 Oct

Medieval Parkland Walks
4 Aug, 13 Aug, 10 Sep, 17 Sep, 22 Oct, 29 Oct
Wildlife Walk: The Trees of Haddon Medieval Park
8 Oct