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Chillingham Wild Cattle Association Events

Open Day, Saturday 28th July

Saturday 28th July Open Day

  • Professor Stephen Hall will guide 3 trailer tours around areas of the cattle park not normally opened to the public. He will talk about the flora and fauna and will give a fascinating insight into the cattle and its scientific history.(Donation: a minimum of £10)
  • Dr John Fletcher will give a talk on the history of the medieval cattle park and its deer hemmel. Dr Fletcher is an expert on medieval deer parks and has written extensively on the subject. The talk will include a walk around the hemmel. This is an illustrated talk.
  • Charles Bain Smith will talk about his family’s connection to Chillingham Castle and its wild white cattle. Charles spent many summers, growing up in Chillingham Castle, with his Grandmother, Violet, Dowager Countess of Tankerville and his Uncle, the Hon. Ian Bennet. This is an illustrated talk.
  • Dr Eline van Asperen, a researcher in palaeoecology, will give a talk on the impact the Wild Cattle have on vegetation by studying the fungi that grow on their dung. Successful management of our remaining forests requires the knowledge of what the landscape looked before it was altered by human land use. The study of dung fungal spores is at the forefront of many environmental projects.
  • The talks are free to attend but a donation would be appreciated.
  • Trailer rides will be at 1100, 1300 and 1500. (LIMITED SPACE ON THE TRAILER. BOOKING ESSENTIAL)

View Open Day Poster (PDF)

Photography Day, Saturday 3rd November

Saturday 3rd November Photography Day

Our honorary photographer, Mr Rob Jordan, has kindly offered to lead a photography day at the cattle park. The last photography day included a stampede (we cannot promise another one) and everyone had a marvellous time. The photo opportunities are exceptional at that time of the year. All standards of photographers welcome. This is an all day event so bring a packed lunch and weatherproof clothing (just in case!).

Check out Rob’s website:

  • Limited to 8 participants only.
  • £95 per person (tea/coffee and biscuits included)
  • Rob has kindly waived all fees and expenses for this event.

For further detail of the events and to make a reservation, please telephone Ellie, our warden, at 01668 215 250.

Please discuss with Ellie if you would like to attend either of the event but have mobility issues. We will do our best to accommodate you.