Springwatch at Sherborne Park

BBC Springwatch's new home is the Sherborne Park Estate, a patchwork of farms stitched together with dry stone walls, the Cotswolds in miniature. While elsewhere wildlife is in decline, here at Sherborne, nature is doing well thanks to the partnership between ourselves and our tenant farmers.

Winter on the Sherborne Park Estate

Meet the farmers looking after the Sherborne Park Estate

A traditional Cotswold landscape, Sherborne Park Estate has been farmed for generations. Six tenant farms make up the 4,000 acres of rolling farmland, parkland, woods and lakes - and the estate is one of the best in the south west for farmland birds.

View over Sherborne with poppies

30 years of caring for Sherborne Park Estate

We have been looking after Sherborne Park Estate for 30 years and all that time Mike Robinson has been a ranger with us. Here he shares the changes he has seen.

Farming advisoer Rebecca Charley examines wild flowers in field margin at Sandy Hill

Restoring the grassland - at Sandy Hill

We're running an experiment to see the effect of taking land out of arable and back to grassland, seeing how it benefits wildlife, soil condition and yet still producing food. Three fields at Sandy Hill at Sherborne Park have been returned to grassland.

Coal tit at 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.

Sluice gates control the flow onto the water meadows

Restoring the water meadows

The restoration of ancient water meadows provides a wonderful place for nature to thrive. Designed to provide early grazing for sheep, the water channels are home to a lot of nature.

Wide hedges and field margins managed for wildlife create corridors between wildlife sites.

Keeping wildlife connected

Modern life builds barriers which can prevent wildlife moving into new areas, so we're busy reconnecting once isolated pockets of wildlife with their neighbours.