04 September 2014

Visitors to Barnwell Country Park will be able to watch nesting kingfishers as part of an exciting new wildlife project.

The Kingfisher Project sees the launch of a nesting bank at the countryside attraction, which rangers hope will attract breeding kingfishers back to the park.

What can visitors see?

Visitors will be able to view the nest bank from the deck of the new Kingfisher Cafe, while cameras will broadcast a live feed to the flat-screen television inside the cafe.

A new Hobbit Garden play area for toddlers is also now open at Barnwell Country Park featuring bespoke wooden carvings by local artist Carrie Yuen.

Cllr Robin Brown, county council cabinet member for public health and wellbeing, said: “This project is a wonderful opportunity to encourage breeding kingfishers to return to Barnwell Country Park where visitors will be able to see them in a natural setting.

“We have already noticed an increasing number of families with young children coming to the park for the new Hobbit Garden play area and the Kingfisher Cafe is also helping to attract new visitors.

“Our country parks offer a wonderful opportunity for people to spend time outdoors while benefiting from some physical activity, such as walking and cycling.

“This project is the culmination of months of hard work by park staff, our loyal volunteers and the Friends of Barnwell Country Park and I’m delighted to see the results of their efforts.”

Who funded the project?

The Kingfisher Project has been funded by a £21,000 grant from the Augean Community Fund, supported by the King’s Cliffe Environmental Association.

Barnwell Country Park is located off the A605 just south of Oundle. For more information call 01832 273435.