Wildlife at Sherborne

As a conservation charity, we’ve set some ambitious plans to help wildlife thrive. The Sherborne Park Estate has lots of different habitats across 4,138 acres – and over the next few years we have a lot of work to do to make it an even better place for wildlife. Looking after this estate forever, for everyone, is something we couldn’t do without our farm tenants, our members and supporters. And we’d like your help too.

The watermeadows in winter
" The mix of grassland, parkland, arable land, woodland and watercourses at Sherborne provides habitats for an abundance of invertebrates, small mammals and aquatic life. These, in turn support predators from otters to red kites, barn owls to stoats and flocks of farmland birds. "
An osprey in flight over the Sherborne Park Estate

Wildlife on the Sherborne Park Estate

Stand still by the river, in the woodland or the open fields at Sherborne and it quickly becomes obvious how much wildlife lives here.

Looking after Sherborne

  • We have a team of 5 rangers to look after over 1600 ha of woods parkland and meadows
  • It costs us £800,000 a year to care for the Sherborne Park Estate
  • At night we have found 13 of the UK's 18 bat species at Sherborne

Donate to Wildlife at Sherborne

Please select an amount

£10 buys 25 hawthorn whips for new hedgerows or to fill gaps in existing hedges
£20 buys a nest box for swifts, swallows, house sparrows, dippers or grey wagtail
£30 buys a bat box to create a roost in younger woodlands where natural sites are more scarce.
Or enter your own amount
Ranger Anna Field putting a bird box in a tree

Helping homeless animals

When animals struggle to find a place to live, sometimes they need a helping hand. Our team at Sherborne have many ways they help.

Pied wagtail in the snow

Winterwatch at Sherborne Park Estate 

The Sherborne Park Estate was home to Winterwatch on BBC Two in late January. You can find out more about the programme and the stars - some of the wildlife on the estate.


Take a winter walk around Sherborne

Join our Countryside Manager, Simon, on a snowy wildlife walk around Sherborne.

Why give to the National Trust?

As a charity, we rely on the generosity of supporters to look after the outdoor spaces in our care. Not only do our supporters help to conserve beautiful landscapes and protect precious plants and wildlife. But they also ensure that future generations have places they can find freedom from everyday life, reconnect with the natural world and make memories to treasure. Your donation will go towards this project and other vital conservation work in the outdoors at this special place. With your support, we can continue to protect the irreplaceable. For everyone, for ever.

Donate now to the wildlife at Sherborne