Wildlife on the Sherborne Park Estate

With woodland, open farm fields, ancient trees and the watermeadows, there are a huge range of habitats for wildlife at the Sherborne Park Estate. We work hard to improve them and encourage even more wildlife. Here's a few examples of what can be found.

A pair of Wigeon in flight

Wintering waterbirds

Winter is the time to spot something unusual with wigeon and teal visiting for the winter. Swans and egrets create a splash of white among the ducks on the two rivers which flow through Sherborne.

A Red Kite at Sherborne Park Estate, where the first breeding pair in Gloucestershire were recorded in 2013

Raptors in winter

So, where do raptors go in the winter? Some gather in surprisingly large numbers in winter roosts adding another spectacular sight to the ‘Sherborne festival of raptors'.

Common pipistrelle bat (Pipistrellus pipistrellus),one of the 12 species of bat at Sherborne Park Estate

What do bats get up to during the winter?

Winter can be a challenging time for bats and they have to take some extreme measures to conserve energy. The BBC's Winterwatch series filmed at the Sherborne Park Estate sheds light on what these fascinating creatures get up to at this time of year.

Farmland birds, Yellowhammers are now rare

Helping farm birds survive

There are lot of farm birds at Sherborne, birds such as corn bunting, linnets and yellowhammer are doing well when numbers are falling dramatically elsewhere. It is largely thanks to efforts by our farm tenants that they can find food in winter.


Furry riverside faces

Otters and water voles are two of the most interesting mammals you can find on the banks of the rivers running through the Sherborne Park Estate. Discover more about these fury creatures.

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.