Wildlife at the estate
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
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
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.