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Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Resort issues birdwatch challenge

Sutton Hall Resort, near Thirsk, has issued a challenge to its owners and visitors to list as many different species in and around the grounds.

In for a tweet ... a bird counting challenge has been issued.
A recent study of birds and wildlife in the grounds and woodland identified almost 100 species.

A ‘leader board’ is to be created and guests with the highest scores will receive rewards for their ‘spotting’ efforts.

Resort manager Linda Barnard said: “We recently opened our gardens to the general public in the first of a series of open days when we were reminded by one of our guests of a list of 96 species previously compiled some years ago. This led to the idea that we should update the list and create a challenge for owners and guests.”

Local residents and visitors are also to be encouraged to wildlife watch in the grounds of the hall and its historic ‘lost’ Japanese-style garden, heather and rock gardens, its valley gardens and a woodland walk where the birds and wildlife can be seen.

Species on the list include birds such as Mallard, Sparrow Hawk, Curlew, Garden Warbler, plus mammals Wood Mouse, Stoat, Grey Squirrel and a rare Yellow Necked Mouse.

The hall is an 18th century manor house dating back to 1700 when Francis Smyth owned it. It was passed to his daughter Mary Smyth when she married Thomas Thrust who was a commander in Nelson’s Navy. James Harry Edwards who became the owner in 1901 created the re-discovered garden, designed in a Japanese style.

The next opening of the gardens will be on Saturday 10 September.

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