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    Pollinator of the day #3 – The Western Honeybee (Apis mellifera)

    The Western honeybee, Apis mellifera, is the only species of honeybee we have in the UK. They are kept in hives and managed by beekeepers for the production of honey and wax, which are harvested for commercial purposes. The colony is made up of workers (females) and drones (males) which are controlled by one queen, […]

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    Pollinator of the day #2 – The Long-horned Bee (Eucera longicornis)

    Males of this species are one of our most easily distinguishable bees, with their exceptionally long antennae. The long-horned bee is one of Britain’s most declined bees, losing huge areas of its previous range within the last century due to the loss of unimproved, legume-rich habitat it requires. Favoured plants of this bee include meadow […]

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    Pollinator of the day #1 – The Marsh Fritillary (Euphydryas aurinia)

    The marsh fritillary is a threatened UK species of high conservation priority. Previously found across Britain it is now largely restricted to West Britain and Ireland, where it requires large areas of damp tussock dominated or chalk grassland. Larvae feed almost exclusively on devil’s-bit scabious (Succisa pratensis) and form conspicuous silk webs which help to […]

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    Regency Hard Hat Tour Online

    An online tour for all those who are unable to see the work behind the scenes, or who have been unable to make it along to a hard hat tour. Enjoy!   Paxton’s Middleton Hall Beginning at the footprint we are able to explore Paxton’s Middleton Hall, with all the key features of its day, […]

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    Our Garden Horticulturists – Martin Knowles

    Meet our longest-serving horticulturist

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    Victory and Disaster: Paxton aged 12 aboard HMS Thunderer

      We are familiar with the stories of Sir William Paxton’s later life – especially his time on the Middleton Estate and his creation of one of the most renowned Regency Landscapes of the time…but what about his life as a child? At the age of just 12, Paxton joined the Navy for the first […]

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