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A Rangers Ramble through Mapperton Wildlands


On the guided walk with our Ranger at Mapperton you will gain an understanding of the day to day running of Mapperton Wildlands and what we are changing around the estate. Discussing the recent arrival of a pair of beavers to the estate and our future plans to introduce Iron Age Pigs and Exmoor Ponies to the estate. See camera footage of the beavers arrival at Mapperton and into their enclosure.   Find out where they will be and their usual behaviour. Ben will show you other wildlife activity in the area and what he has discovered including footprints and trails.

Date and Time:  10.30am Sunday 13th November 2022

Location: Meet at the Coach House at Mapperton.

Schedule: Introductions then guided walk

Duration: 2 hour Guided Walk with Ben Padwick

Tickets: £25 per person 

Ben Padwick

Ben Padwick is the resident Ranger and Keeper for the Wildlands at Mapperton and has been involved in our project since it’s early days.
He grew up living and working on farms before studying Game and Conservation Management for three years at Sparshot Agricultural College.  After graduating, Ben started working on a 4,000-acre wild grey partridge estate in Norfolk, focusing on conservation of ground nesting birds such as grey partridges, stone curlews and common curlew among other species; also conserving different types of flora and fauna and helping the overall biodiversity of the estate.  A visit to Knepp in 2018 sparked his interest in a different side of conservation; the positive impacts that re-wilding can make in a larger scale project to the countryside and after two years working in Australia on a ranch, Ben returned to the UK in 2021 and joined the Mapperton Wildlands project.

Unfortunately we cannot offer a refund or alternative date for your Wildlands booking unless the weather forces cancellation. We also cannot guarantee the weather, or that you will see your target species. Nature can unpredictable, despite our best efforts! However there’s always plenty of wildlife to see.  No dogs allowed on our nature walks.

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