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Introduction to Rewilding at Mapperton

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Join us at the beginning of our rewilding journey at Mapperton, as natural processes are allowed to shape the future landscape as part of our efforts to support biodiversity and ecosystem recovery.  As well as leaving the land alone in the rewilding areas, more environmentally-friendly farming and land management regimes are gradually being implemented across the estate.

During this morning walk we will describe the project work underway and explore an extensive area of grassland, marsh and scrub at the very beginning of this journey.  We will also track down the magnificent herd of White Park cattle, one of England oldest native breeds.

JUNE HIGHLIGHTS

Grassland flowers will be at their peak, with colourful patches of Corky-fruited Water-dropwort, Bird’s-foot Trefoil and Black Knapweed amongst others. Meadowsweet, Hemlock Water-dropwort and Water Mint will be flowering in marshy areas. These in turn attracting butterflies and other insects. White Park cattle calves in the fields.

Date and Time: 9.30am Sunday 19th June 2022

Location: Meet at the Coach House café

Schedule: Introductions then 5 minute drive up to Coltleigh Farm

Duration: 2 1/2 hour guided walk with Gavin Haig

Tickets: £30 per person

Gavin Haig 

Gavin is a lifelong natural history enthusiast with a special interest in birds. He spent several years as a bird recorder for the London Natural History Society through the 1980s and ’90s and more recently, he spent five years on the Devon Birds Records Committee. Gavid launched and helped run the Devon Birds News Blog, until it was adopted into the newly created Devon Birds website several years later. Relocting from East Devon to Bridport in 2015, Gavin has been actively involved with many local groups concerned with the conservation and observation of birds, plants and wildlife. He can often be found birdwatching locally and on the nearby coast, as well as being involved in the rewilding project here at Mapperton.

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.

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