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.
Walk this way
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.