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A Ranger’s Ramble through Mapperton Wildlands


On this guided walk with our Ranger Ben Padwick, you will gain an understanding of the rewilding project at Mapperton, including the day-to-day running of Mapperton Wildlands and the changes underway on the estate.  You will learn about the recent arrival of a pair of beavers, and hopefully get chance to see our White Park Cattle, Tamworth pigs and Exmoor ponies.  You will also learn about their positive impact of the behaviour of these animals on the ecosystem. Ben will also show you other wildlife activity in the area including footprints and trails.

Dates and Times:  10.00am till 12pm on:

  • 17th April 2024
  • 1st, 5th & 15th May 2024
  • 5th, 19th & 30th June 2024
  • 10th & 24th July 2024
  • 7th & 28th August 2024
  • 4th, 18th & 22nd September 2024

Location: Meet at the Coach House at Mapperton, DT8 3NR.

Schedule: Introductions, coffee and biscuits followed by guided walk

Duration: 2 hour Guided Walk with Ben Padwick

Tickets: £30 per person

Ben Padwick
Ben studied Game and Conservation Management at Sparsholt for 3 years before working on a 4,800 acre estate in Norfolk.  This focused on the conservation of ground nesting birds such as grey partridges, stone curlews and many other species. He then went to live and work in Australia for 2 years on a thoroughbred horse stud before returning home to England in June 2021, with the aim of working on a rewilding project.   He joined Mapperton in April 2022.

We hope you will see lots of wildlife on your tour. However Nature can unpredictable, despite our best efforts!  We are sorry but dogs are not allowed on our rewilding tours.  Tours will go ahead whatever the weather.  Please bring appropriate clothing and footwear.

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