Wildlife

Wildlife at the estate

Our Estate with trees, grassland and water is the perfect habitat © T Gardner

Our Estate with trees, grassland and water is the perfect habitat

The parkland with its permanent pasture and woods, provides a range of varied habitats for wildlife. These include: open parkland with mature trees, including some notable 300 year-old lime trees; surrounding woodland belts; open spaces of water; ditches; small streams; permanent old pasture and an area of semi-ancient woodland.  The wider arable estate also provides a rich and varied habitat.

Conservation of our woodland

Bats find our woodland the perfect home © Tony Gardner

Bats find our woodland the perfect home

Wimpole woods have been designated both at Special Site of Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC). Within these high forest woods is a colony of barbastelle Barbastella barbastellus which use the crevices in the trees as a summer maternity roost where the female bats gather to give birth and rear their young. The bats also use the site as a foraging area.

Regenerating our hedgerows

Our traditional techniques make homes for lots of wildlife © S. Damant

Our traditional techniques make homes for lots of wildlife

The Forester at Wimpole, along with some long term volunteers, has a continuing annual program of regenerating the hedgerows on the estate using traditional hedge laying techniques, using stakes and withers cut from the woodland.

Walk this way

Wimpole Estate lake

Our Forester and Visitor Experience Ranger both lead wildlife and nature walks for both adults and families, check out our events listing to find the next walk and book yourself in.

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Fungi

The National Trust's properties are, in fact, some of the best places to see common and rare fungi and Wimpole Estate is no exception, with the garden, woodland and parkland providing varied fungi habitats.

Bats

Wimpole Estate has a number of very good habitats for bats and the number of species reflects this with eight species confirmed through visual identification and by  characteristic echolocation.

Bees

We currently have a number of managed bees colonies the Estate, from traditional looking beehives with frames to warre hives and also a display hive at Home Farm so you can have a peek at a colony at work.

Wetland invertebrates

A survey in 2000 recorded 652 species of invertebrates from 21 wetland areas, including 3 Red Data Book and 48 nationally scarces species, 76 species of water beetles and 17 species of dragonflies.

Invertebrates on the arable land

A survey of invertebrate fauna of the arable land on the estate was completed in 2003. A total of 849 varieties of invertebrates were recorded of which 3 are Red Data Book and 35 are nationally scarce.

Beetles in the park and woodland

A survey of the saproxylic beetles of the parkland and woodlands of Wimpole was undertaken in 2001-2002 and the site was found to be of national importance and exceptional in a Cambridgeshire and eastern England.

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