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Meet the Farm Animals

Rare breeds and birds of prey at Mary Arden’s Farm

Come and meet our loveable farm animals, many of which are rare breeds similar in type to those that Shakespeare and his family would have known.

New to the farmyard this year:

Our new breed of sheep for 2019 are Ryeland. One ram and two ewes arrived at the farm in the autumn. With lots of expectant mothers we are hoping for around 46 lambs this year!

Arapawa Goat kid
Arapawa kid

New Arrivals

  • Portlands (sheep) - 3 boys and 6 girls so far
  • Our Arapawa goat gave birth to a beautiful female kid on 15 March - name to be decided
  • Ryelands (sheep) - 3 boys and 2 girls
  • Cotswolds (sheep) - 1 boy so far
  • Mac (Gloucester cow) gave birth to a male calf on 24 March, named Fleetwood
Gloucester Cow
Fleetwood


Coming up

  • Norfolk Horns and Cotswolds (sheep) - due for Easter (end of April)
  • Mangalitza (pigs) - due early May
  • Oxford Sandy and Black (pig) - due mid July 


So keep coming back so you don't miss our new animals! 

Ryeland Lambs

Make friends with Ellie the horse and our donkeys, Bill and Ben. There are also lots of rare-breed farmyard animals to meet as you explore the wider farm, including English Longhorn cattle, Cotswold sheep and our woolly Mangalitza pigs. Don’t forget to ask at the ticket desk for some special goat food to share with your new friends! 

Meet the owls, hawks and falcons as we demonstrate the age-old art of falconry, a popular Tudor pastime and often featured in Shakespeare's plays. 

Discover a unique half day falconry experience with our expert Falconer. Fly beautiful owls and Harris hawks and learn about how their ancestors were used by the Tudors for hunting. For more information and prices please call 07736 524512.

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