October Tortoise Tale…

We’ve got loads happening this half term it’s difficult to keep up with it all so here’s a snap shot to one of our many great events our Tortoise Trail!   Gilbert White’s aunt who lived in Sussex had a pet tortoise named Timothy, which she passed to Gilbert who

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The Perfect Mother and Daughter Day

It’s not often during the hectic term time that Mum’s can really enjoy quality time with their daughters. Here at Gilbert White’s & The Oates Collections we think moments such as these are important which is why we are organising a wonderful Mother and Daughter Sewing Day. Whether your daughter

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Museums at Night… What goes bump in the night?

We’re about to find out what goes bump in the night at Gilbert White’s… We’ve invited Bat expert Nik Knight to tell us more about the Bats that live in Selborne and why the Museum and the surrounding grounds are so good for these mysterious creatures! The evening is part

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Garden Newsletter: September

  The garden is starting to look a little tired- perhaps the gardeners are too! The bright fresh colours are giving way to autumnal tints and seed heads. Heavy rain as brought those tall perennials that ‘didn’t need staking’ to the ground. Dead heading, cutting down and tidying are the

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Garden Newsletter: August

  Summer is in full swing: the weather forecast girl apologies for low summer temperatures, 22ºC ! Quite warm enough for me, working in the garden thank you! And refreshing when it rains, although it never does properly. So there’s a lot of watering to do, as well as weeding,

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Wildlife on the wheat

Each year we grow long straw wheat once used for thatching… Each year, without fail, our friend Mr Badger (and a good number of birds) come to feed on the wheat. We used to think there was an entire badger family visiting. However, as this video shows, there is in

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Garden Newsletter: July

So many thanks to all of you who helped in the garden and at the Plant Fair! Your help has made a tremendous difference and enabled us to have an attractive garden and a successful Plant Fair. The weather has now turned hot and weeding, annual planting followed by copious

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Report of Botanical Survey & Compartment Species List’s

of The Wakes. Selborne Butterfly Orchid in the Wakes Park S. M. Povey & A. M.. James July 2013 Report of Botanical Survey of The Wakes. Selborne & Species List. 2013 The Survey This Botanical Survey was carried out over three 3 hour periods, which took place on 20th. May,

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THE EIGHTH DAY 5th May

ABINGDON TO ORIEL COLLEGE, OXFORD Well, we made it. At the dot of three o’clock, with the clock striking, we crossed the Oriel threshold, into the stunning Jacobean quadrangle, in blazing if blustery sunshine that had kept us company the whole way from Abingdon.

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THE SEVENTH DAY 4th May

DORCHESTER-ON-THAMES to ABINGDON Today’s walk, in lovely sunshine, took us from Dorchester and its extraordinary prehistoric defensive mounds, to Day’s Lock on the Thames. There we left two of our party, who were intending to hitch a lift with David and Roger in their Thames skiff

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