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Calke Park

Contact: National Trust

Grid Ref: SK365227

Calke Abbey surrounded by Calke Park

A National Nature Reserve, Calke Park has rich and varied wildlife. Covering almost 100ha, it includes extensive parkland with a large deer herd and some of the oldest trees in Europe, many of which are thought to be 700-1,000 years old. It is these ancient trees and the insects that live on them that make the park nationally important, with more than 350 species of beetle have been found, including many that are endangered or nationally scarce.

The park is also important for its fungi and a range of woodland birds can be seen, holes in trees proving valuable nesting sites. Around the lakes, great crested grebe and heron can be seen.

In addition to the deer, Calke Park is also an important habitat for bats, with at least nine species recorded.

A charge is made for access to the park.

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Woodland Site

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Lakes & Open Water

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Deer Park

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Reptiles & Amphibians

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Disabled Areas

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