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We are excited to tell you about our programme of events

Join the Strutt Your Mutt Challenge today
2 and 5 mile walks start from 9am through until 4pm

Walk through the beautiful Benacre Estate

Challenge yourself and your dog to walk either a two or a five mile route on the picturesque Benacre Estate and why not raise money for our charity by getting friends and family to sponsor you. Admission on the day or book your timed entry early from the website and receive sheet of vouchers to get some great discounts from our traders on the day.

Benacre National Nature Reserve is managed by Natural England with much of the reserve being private property and not normally open to the public so, thanks to the kindness and generosity of Lady Gooch, taking part in Strutt your Mutt is a great opportunity to learn more about this beautiful area and the plants and animals that inhabit it. It is a fascinating example of England’s countryside at its diverse best with our walks taking visitors through a wide range of habitats ranging from farmland to heathland and from woodland to beach. Part of the estate has been internationally recognised as an area of special conservation value and is well worth the walk so take your binoculars and camera with you.

The nature reserve is made up of a variety of habitats which are home to many rare and unusual species of plants and animals. As you walk you can glimpse open water lagoons, walk alongside reed beds, and through woodland. The marshes are a valuable habitat for plants such as marsh mallow, marsh sow thistle and golden dock. Look out for Marsh Harriers overhead or perhaps you might hear the distinctive pinging calls of bearded tits as they delicately hunt for insects and reed seeds.

Bearded Tit
Golden Dock
Marsh Harrier
Tern
Marsh Mallow Plant

For more about the Benacre Estate go to http://www.benacre.co.uk/

You might also enjoy these great photos on Flickr taken by Sarah James at last years Strutt Your Mutt.

Strutt Your Mutt Fun Dog show – Entries from 10am – judging from 12.00

Our fun dog show is open to all, whether you’ve got a pedigree Poodle or a cheeky Chorkie (Chihuahua X Yorkshire Terrier) there is a class for you at the Strutt your Mutt Dog show. There will be rosettes and prizes to be won up to 5th place in each class, with the best dogs going forward to the ultimate accolade of Best in show.

The face of Strutt Your Mutt 2016
12.00
Handsomest Dog
12.20
Prettiest Bitch
12.40
Waggiest Tail
1.00
Best Movement
1.20
Dogs under 16” tall
1.40
Dogs over 16” tall
2.00
Best Veteran (over 7 years)
2.20
Dog the Judge would most like to take home
2.40
Best Rescue Dog
3.00
Cutest Dog
3.30
Best in show and reserve best in show

Lets go Mini Beast Hunting with Butterflies of Britain

Lindsey Andrews and her team will be providing Mini Beast hunting and butterfly spotting as well as all sorts of other beastie activities on the day so make sure and find their tent for some family educational fun.

The Butterflies of Britain education programme provide outreach educational sessions and experiences for children and families across Suffolk and Norfolk. Visit their website for more information www.butterfliesofbritain.co.uk or follow them on Facebook@butterflyeducation

Fens Falconry

Fen Falconry

There will be two displays in the main arena from Fens Falconry which we are sure, will capture your attention – 10.50am and 2pm

At these demonstrations you will see falcons flying to the swung lure, kestrels displaying a different style of hunting, which is to hover and the broadwings (that's buzzards, eagles, kites and vultures) flying low from posts and trees gliding down to the glove for food. We are however told that on a good day and with the right conditions they may be able to get some height and show off a bit by soaring. Make sure to have your camera with you as there will be some superb photo opportunities.

In addition to the flying displays the team will have a stand at the event allowing you the opportunity to get a closer look at some of nature’s best designed predators and learn about these magnificent birds of prey, as this dedicated team have a wealth of knowledge and will be happy to answer all your questions throughout the day.

Fen Falconry

For more information about Fens Falconry, please visit thier website Fens Falconry

Pakefield Ferrets

Simon Whitehead
Ferret

Don’t miss Simon Whitehead - professional ferreting demonstration.

Simon Whitehead is a professional ferreter living and working in Suffolk and he will have a static display at Strutt Your Mutt with lots of information, pictures and illustrations on the art of ferreting and the welfare of working ferrets.

There will be two arena demonstrations from Simon, explaining in his own unique and enthusiastic manner, why the traditional country skills of ferreting have survived the growth in technology. Simon motto is “ensuring the tradition of ferreting is continued for future generations to come”.

The audience will be able to watch the team working together to simulate a days ferreting. With Simons mix of entertaining and informative commentary the audience will be able to watch the ferreter work in harmony with the animals involved to show why it is important that people understand why ferreting is carried out and even more importantly encourage newcomers to the countryside to continue this fine tradition.

Blythview Gundogs

Blythview Gundogs

Simon, Julie and their dogs, all from Blythview Gundogs will be demonstrating the training and work of a gundog.

Paws of Parham flyball and Ability Displays and Have- A-Go

Paws of Parham
Flyball

The fabulous dogs and their handlers from Paws of Parham will be putting on dog agility and fly ball displays throughout the day and ‘Have-a-go’ sessions for the general public and their dogs, so do join in.

Don’t miss the talented Karl Knights & Star trick display

Other attractions include

Lola

Paws and Pose – for a Strutt Your Mutt photo with your dog/s and family/friends.

Photographer Debbie Townsend will be situated at the start of the Strutt Your Mutt walks to capture the excitement of the day as everyone sets off on either the two or five mile walks. Everyone will be given a card with details of how to view the photos and an opportunity to purchase them if they wish but there is absolutely no obligation at all.

Italian Spinone

Breed Parade – see and learn about many of the different breeds of dog at Strutt Your Mutt Dog Day. Each dog has its own qualities, gentle, friendly and loyal or intelligent and courageous. Others excel at obedience and some are extremely curious and inquisitive, the list goes on but one thing for sure is that they are all very special in their own way.

Leon

Leonberger Carting Display - the All Saints Leonberger Carting Group love sharing their gorgeous dogs and have kindly agreed to join us with at least six dogs and handlers at this year’s event. Members of the team will also be on hand throughout the day to and chat to any spectators interested in the dogs and their brilliantly decorated carts.

These beautiful giants of the dog world are traditionally known as working or rescue dogs. There build is very muscular and strong yet unusually for such a large dog is extremely agile.

Worzel Wooface

Worzel Wooface the Lurcher and his owner will be doing a book signing. Cath Pickles is author of the Worzel Wooface books and blog as well as writing for Dogs Monthly Magazine.

Cath will also be raising funds for Hounds First Sighthound Rescue.

Go to http://worzelwooface.com to find out more about Worzel Wooface.

The Strutt Your Mutt Super Dog Challenge -is all about that special bond between dogs and humans. The show challenges the very best of those friendships. Both dogs and handlers are put to the test as they compete in this fun challenge of agility and obedience.

Visit the Nags Head Bar and take your pick from a wide variety of food stands inside our walled garden area.

Music and Entertainment from Maria Sax and Ian Larkin

Lots of shopping from a wide variety of trade and charity stands. See vendors & Entertainment for the latest information.

Relax, its Strutt Your Mutt
Relax, its Strutt Your Mutt