Murton Farm Babies

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Our ferrets and guinea pigs have been busy this summer and would now like to introduce their new babies! Come visit us soon to see our latest furry additions playing in their pens with their brothers and sisters

Murton Farm Outdoor Tots

Murton Farm Outdoor Tots

Every Thursday During Term Time Starting 20th August. 10:00 – 12:00.

£3 per child (under 1’s free)

Come along and join the most exciting and adventurous outdoor tots group in Angus!  The group is suitable for pre-school children. For more information please download our Murton Tots Flyer  which also details the activities happening each week.

Dogs Policy

Please note that due to the fact that we have animals and wildlife on site, no dogs are permitted anywhere on any part of Murton Trust grounds at any time, except for assistance dogs..

Thank you for your cooperation.

Murton Farm Outdoor Tots

Come along and join the most exciting and adventurous outdoor tots group in Angus. The group is suitable for pre-school children.

We will meet each week at our Tearoom before heading out to the Farm. Every session will have two organised activities. One involving our many lovely animals and another where you can enjoy the great outdoors! We will also provide juice and a small snack each week for the children.

There will be time each week for parents and children to run around the farm and enjoy the wide open space, play areas and animals. You will be responsible at all times for the children in your care.

Toilets, baby changing and hand washing facilities are available

Guinea Fowl

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Guinea Fowl are native to Africa, but the helmeted Guinea fowl has been domesticated and introduced across the world. They like to eat insects and seeds and are ground nesting.

Most species of Guinea fowl have a dark grey or blackish plumage with dense white spots. Guinea fowl mate for life, all guinea fowl are social, and typically occur in small groups.

They are large birds which measure from 40-71cm in length, and weigh 700-1600g. In the wild they live in deserts or forests. They are seasonal layers.

Grey Partridge

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The native Grey Partridge has suffered a dramatic decline in recent years

In the days before intensive agriculture, many of our field and land boundaries were bordered with hedgerows rich in flowers, thorns and berries which provided food, cover and nesting sites for a wide variety of birds. Now, however, modern farming practices and a scarcity of suitable nesting sites means that we rarely, if ever, see this bird which was once a common sight on farm land and open grassland.

The Grey Partridge is now a Priority species that needs protection. Here at Murton we breed and release them into the surrounding area. This is part of a grant scheme to increase numbers of protected species.

Red and Yellow Golden Pheasants

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We have both Red and Yellow Golden Pheasants at Murton. Golden Pheasants are characterised by their strong differences between the sexes. The males are highly ornate with bright colours and adornments such as wattles and long tails. Look out for their deep orange ‘capes’ which they spread in display. These give the appearance of an alternating black and orange fan that covers all of the bird’s face except for its bright yellow eye with black pin-point pupil.

The females are much less showy and not dissimilar to the common pheasant hen.

Ducks

On the farm’s pond, you’ll see a range of handsome Ducks.DSCN2534

They are Cayuga Ducks an American breed of duck and take their name from Lake Cayuga in the state of New York. Indian Runner Ducks described as the most peculiar duck with a thin neck and long body. In the 1830’s it was commonly called the Penguin Duck. Muscovy Ducks a native to South America and Mexico in particular, Muscovy Ducks have long claws on their feet and a wide flat tail. We also have Swedish Blues and White Pekins.