The John Moore Countryside Museum
Begin your visit to the museum by finding out more about the author and conservationist, John Moore, who is the inspiration behind our displays. Explore our extensive natural history collection to see for yourself why John Moore was so passionate about the countryside.
Housed over three floors our collections include specimens of the mammals and birds native to our countryside, woodlands and wetlands.
To preview some of our collections before you visit, click on one of the sections below:
We have many of the country’s shyest and most elusive creatures – seldom seen by most of us – on display, with plenty of information about their habitats and lifecycles. Our handling table gives you the chance to stroke a badger’s fur, feel a hedgehog’s prickles or even find out how a mole’s fur is designed especially for life in the tunnels.
We also have a small collection of agricultural hand tools and other countryside objects, to help you to find out more about life in the countryside, past and present.
Our displays are made up of modern taxidermy specimens and, in case you were wondering (as many do), all our furred and feathered guests died of natural causes or from misadventure.
Our Cottage Garden
A wander through our cottage garden, filled with traditional plants, is a peaceful way to move from one part of the museum to the next. You might also choose to explore our Tree Trail which can be downloaded before you visit us using the link above.