Friday, 29 May 2015

Focus on faces for Anglesey Abbey's latest photo competition

We love sharing everyone's photos of Anglesey Abbey on our Community Wall: summer flowers, spring bulbs, winter stems, autumn colours, mellow stone, glorious vistas and stunning close ups... 

But for some reason, hardly anyone ever sends us photos of our amazing statues or stone figures on the house.

We're asking everyone who visits or works at Anglesey Abbey to spend some time with our statues this June and to send us photographs of faces that catch their eye. 

All photos sent to us at will be entered into our June 'Focus on Faces' photo competition.

The competition is open to everyone. 

So whether you focus on faces that are human, mythical or animal, send your photos to:

by 30 June 2015.

We'll contact you if your photo is displayed on the Community Wall and we'll send a £10 NT gift card to one adult and one under-14 for the most striking photograph.

We hope you enjoy getting to know our statues and carvings better and we're looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

Kate Boursnell
Volunteer Community Reporter
Anglesey Abbey

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Cuckoo and dunnock project at Anglesey Abbey

Anglesey Abbey is playing its part in a research project to find out whether birds discourage cuckoos from laying eggs in their nests.

Cuckoos are known as ‘brood parasites’. They lay a single egg in other birds’ nests, then leave the host birds to rear the cuckoo chicks. The host birds’ eggs or chicks don’t survive. Dunnocks are a favourite host bird and we have several dunnocks nesting here in the grounds at Anglesey Abbey.

Jenny York from Cambridge University’s Dept of Zoology is looking for the answers to 2 questions about dunnock behaviour:

1. Do dunnocks respond differently to cuckoos than to other nest predators like magpies?
2. Do dunnocks’ alarm calls affect how other dunnocks nearby respond to cuckoos?

Jenny will be using model cuckoos and magpies and recordings of dunnock alarm calls to answer these questions.

Photos copyright North East Wildlife.

Kate Boursnell

Volunteer Community Reporter