Wildlife on Drovers Estate

A female kestrel

Drovers Estate draws all the landscapes of the Downs together in one magical place. Among sweeps of flowers, ancient woods, rolling hills, farmland and hedgerows Drovers is a fine retreat from everyday hustle and bustle. This all adds up to a fantastic habitat for many species of flora and fauna.

Wonderful woodlands

Drover’s woods are managed for timber, which mostly goes as firewood, and for pheasant shooting. They contain some impressive old beech pollards.
Early purple orchids flower in Nightingale Wood and butcher's broom, a spiky, evergreen shrub which was once used to clean butcher's meat tables, is also found here.
A path leads through the woods, which are bathed in a special light only found within beech woods. There are areas of hazel and oak, and carpets of woodland anemones in spring.

Birds on the wing

The hedgerows provide cover and an abundance of berries for birds to feed on in the autumn, and the grassland insects offer up a veritable feast. It’s also a hot spot for kestrels and red kites, so keep an eye out on the sky as you enjoy the views.

Beautiful butterflies

Hat Hill is a very special area of chalk downland. The steep slope meant that it was never ploughed or cultivated allowing it to be grazed by deer and livestock. This means it has remained a wild and natural open area rich in flowers and insects, which is incredibly rare and valuable. This in turn is perfect for bees and butterflies, so you can find grasshoppers, blue butterflies, skippers and marbled whites in the height of summer.