Nature on the estate

A sleeping dormouse in a nest box

The Brockhampton estate covers 1700 acres of unspoiled Herefordshire countryside. It undulates over parkland, woods and pastures and contains some nationally important habitats for wildlife.


Come and walk through our ancient woodlands and see what you can find. A wide variety of trees include Ash, Oak, Sycamore, Sweet Chestnut, Hazel, Wych Elm, Holly and Field Maple. These in turn provide a habitat for Snowdrops, Wood Anemone, Bluebell, Wood Sorrel, Ramsons and Yellow Archangel to name but a few of the flowers you'll see in season. Our woodland dingles are bisected by a network of fast flowing streams providing a wetland habitat too which encourages lichens and moss.

Fungus growing on the carriage rides walk
Round capped white fungus growing in grass
Fungus growing on the carriage rides walk

We have several species of legally protected bat including the Brown Long-eared, Lesser Horseshoe, Noctule and Soprano Pipistrelle.

Two volunteers conducting a bat survey.
two volunteers bat surveying at nighttime
Two volunteers conducting a bat survey.

We manage the woods to provide a haven for the local wildlife. When the woodland rangers are at work they will display warning notices, so please take care.Our team work as organically as possible and use old methods of maintaining the countryside such as hedge laying and Bracken-bashing in late springtime. 

The Countryside Team at Brockhampton 'Bracken bashing'
The Countryside team 'Bracken bashing'
The Countryside Team at Brockhampton 'Bracken bashing'

The veteran trees support wood-decay invertebrate fauna of national significance which includes several species of false darkling beetle and a rare mistletoe weevil which lives on the fruit trees in our orchards.

We encourage populations of rare and declining species of birds including cuckoo, lesser spotted woodpecker, pied flycatcher and fieldfares. The countryside team have erected a bird hide in the Wildflower Meadow for nature-loving visitors to take a quiet seat in to see what they can spot. The woodlands are also full of nestboxes, providing safe homes. Children also enjoy recording their sightings on the fun ‘bird-spotting’ blackboard we have located in the courtyard.

Nest box surveys reveal all sorts of nature!
An open nest box reveals tiny blue tit chicks
Nest box surveys reveal all sorts of nature!

Whilst walking in the woods you may be lucky enough to spot a deer, we have many residing on the estate including Roe, Muntjac and the more commonly seen Fallow. When you go on a wander you can quite often see their tracks in the soil and the evidential patches of bark missing on trees where the deer have been feeding. We have many types of mammals residing on the estate including foxes, rabbits and badgers.

A creature you are less likely to see on your visit is a Dormouse. Our rangers are trained and licensed to handle these elusive creatures

Grass Snakes and Slow Worms are also present in the wood land; however you’d be very lucky to spot either.

A sleeping dormouse at Brockhampton
A sleeping dormouse in a nest box
A sleeping dormouse at Brockhampton

The water here on the estate provides a safe home for many amphibians such as newts and frogs. Every spring the welcome sight of frogspawn appears in the moat and Common Newts can be seen darting around the water.

Frogspawn at the moat at Brockhampton Estate
Frogspawn at the moat at Brockhampton Estate
Frogspawn at the moat at Brockhampton Estate

Our resident ducks on the moat provide great entertainment for children, especially in spring and summer when they have their young ducklings in tow.

You can spot nature wherever you look on this beautiful estate
The sweet ducklings sat with their mother on the bale of straw in the moat.
You can spot nature wherever you look on this beautiful estate

Like our visitors, we care about nature here at Brockhampton Estate and aim to do everything we possibly can to make wildlife thrive here. Thanks to your generous support we can keep this special place safe for nature, forever.

View of woods in leaf at Brockhampton Estate
Mixed broadleaf woodland in leaf
View of woods in leaf at Brockhampton Estate