Nature Conservation

Nature conservation is a key focus at Woodhall Estate. Our expert team works tirelessly to improve and restore the estate’s natural environment and biodiversity.

Conservation ethos

We believe in the importance of active conservation and rewilding, whilst also believing in the importance of local, high quality, food production. Our approach is to integrate conservation areas and initiatives into our land management system, to achieve an optimum balance of conservation vs productive areas on the estate.

There are many ways we achieve this. From taking areas out of farm production for natural regeneration projects, through to more interventionist methods of creating woods, wetlands and watercourses. Our conservation strategy is informed by a detailed field-by-field analysis of both productive and habitat potentials. We also carefully consider public access versus impact.

This is all work in progress and there is always more that we can do, however over the last decade Woodhall Estate has become an outstanding area of nature and biodiversity, particularly given our proximity to London. There is abundant rare wildlife and habitats to see across the estate. Learn about our research, monitoring and evaluation of wildlife in Research & Innovation.

Notable species

The estate is brimming with wildlife and we cannot list them all here. However, species of interest found on the estate include the following:

Our woodland, farmland and wetlands support a wide variety of birds, including notable species such as barn owls, little owls, kestrels, linnets, yellowhammers, woodpeckers, wagtails, nightingales, bullfinches, grey partridges and lapwings. The River Beane and Broadwater, as well as our wetlands and wild ponds, are essential habitats that support vital insects and molluscs for fish and ducks to thrive. Duck species that are frequently found on the river and lake include tufted, wigeon, teal, pochard, gadwall and mandarin. Herons, egrets, kingfishers, terns, wild geese, and swans can also be frequently seen.

Kingfisher in a tree

Butterflies are vital to the food chain and they are a sign of healthy habitats. Species on the estate include Ringlet, Orange tip, Brimstone, Small White, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Green-Veined White, White Admiral, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Painted Lady and Grizzzled Skipper to name a few. There are many more, all of which depend on the range of environments found across the estate.

If you are a business or organisation interested in seeing our nature and conservation in action, enquire about a private tour.

If you are an individual keen on nature, you are welcome to walk through the park on the public footpaths. Please refer to our Ordnance Survey map here.

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