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Behind the Scenes at Wilder Doddington
11 July at 10:00 am - 12:30 pm£30
Discover how nature is recovering in Wilder parts of the estate
Join a senior member of the Wilder team for a gentle 2-2½ hour walk, to see the beginnings of our Wilder Doddington project. Following a briefing in the covered wagon shed you will leave the public rights of way and walk into the private part of the estate.
We are embarking on a 100 year journey to bring nature back to Doddington. After several decades of intensive farming of our cropped land we are taking the brakes off and allowing nature to recover.
During late 2022 we started letting cattle roam more freely and graze fields that used to be cropped, and you will see the impact they are having. You may spot the newly arrived Mangalitza pigs brought in for their enthusiasm for rootling the ground. We will walk through some of our existing oases of nature, that we are encouraging to spread. Depending on the weather and what we have seen in the previous days we may take a spade to look for earthworms, or a net for pond life, look for harvest mouse nests or we may peek into a dung pat for beetles! Whilst we can’t guarantee wildlife we hope there will be Yellowhammer, Buzzard, Goldfinches, hare, maybe even deer and grass snakes.