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.

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.

Lesser horseshoe bats on the Sherborne Park Estate

Fancy a bat chat?

What do bats chat about? Inside the maternity roost of lesser horseshoe bats there seems to be something to talk about.

A hare on a road

Hare today and tomorrow

With a top speed of up to 50 mph hares are definitely fleet of paw. Luckily the chances of spotting them at Sherborne are increasing. What’s the secret of their success?

A nuthatch nesting in a tree.

Fly-rise living

Birds are used to living in harmony together in Sherborne’s mature trees. But one willow is currently home to surprising residents who’ve abandoned the water for life up in the air.

Anna Field, National Trust Ranger/Ecologist Sherborne Park

From volunteer to ranger: Anna Field

No day’s the same for Anna…from ringing barn owl chicks to working with camera crews.

A cow on the Sherborne Park Estate

Nature gets a helping hand, and hoof

When it comes to diet it’s nothing but the best for the Sherborne cattle. But how do their table manners help wildlife? And why are our farmers passionate about wildflowers?

Otter

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.

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

High flyers

Hooked beak, sharp claws and piercing gaze. It usually means one thing – a magnificent raptor is about, and Sherborne seems to be the perfect place to see them.

Osprey over the Sherborne Brook

Osprey on Sherborne Brook

A rare visitor to Sherborne, an osprey is currently feeding from the Sherborne Brook.

Corn buntings can be spotted at Sherborne

Up with the larks

Sherborne farmer Peter sows four tons of seeds a year – just for birds. The skylarks, yellowhammers and corn buntings all join his seed feast.