Our work

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Woodland work

We're clearing dense laurel scrub that's invaded the woods over the last 100 years. The reward is magnificent views, and improved habitat for wildlife.

Desilting the lakes

Removing silt from the lakes is an ongoing job. If we don't do it, we'll lose open water and all the things that go with it - water lilies, wildfowl, dragonflies, and the glorious views.

Grazing the coast

An important part of looking after our coastal grasslands is ensuring that they're grazed by animals. In the past this was done by rabbits, but nowadays we have ponies, cattle and sheep to help us.

Housing our bats

Our old buildings are home to several species of bat including the Greater Horseshoe. They depend on the buildings being maintained in a bat-friendly way, and on us not disturbing them when we're carrying out repairs.

Buildings: a bat's eye view

Stackpole Court site from the air

Stackpole Court site from the air

Bats love old buildings. At Stackpole we have former stables, old garden buildings with crumbling walls, and warm cellars. We've got an old brewery, a game larder, and even an ice house. All of these offer countless places for bats to live. Bats need places to breed, roost, nurse their young and spend the winter.

We also monitor our bats closely, especially the Greater Horseshoes because they're so rare. We count the bats in the colony, and the number of young.  The bats count themselves in and out at night by tripping an electronic beam, which is logged on a computer. Individual bats have had electronic tags attached, and we've been able to track them across the countryside.