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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.

March Highlights

Snipe & Jack Snipe in the marshes; Siskin and Redpoll feeding on Alder catkins in boggy woodland areas; Roe and Fallow Deer grazing the woodland edges or resting in Bracken. Spring is advancing, with Primrose, Barren Strawberry and others flowers starting to bloom and Marsh Tits singing.

Date and Time: 9.30am Sunday 13th March 2022

Location: Meet at the Old School Hall in Mapperton village (DT8 3NR) for refreshments

Schedule: Introductions then 5 minute drive up to Coltleigh Farm

Duration: 2 1/2 hour guided walk with Dr Tom Brereton

Dr Tom Brereton 

Tom is a highly experienced ecologist with a lifelong interest in natural history.  He has an MSc in Conservation and a PhD in Butterfly Ecology.  Tom has worked for the Northumberland Wildlife Trust as an RSPB Warden and Reserves Ecologist, as Associate Director of Research at Butterfly Conservation, and more recently as co-founder of Marinelife, monitoring cetaceans and seabirds in Lyme Bay.   Tom is currently a Visiting Researcher at Exeter University, as well as an ecotourism guide, leading bird, butterfly, mammal and botanical tours across the Europe, Asia and North America.  Tom lives locally in Bridport.

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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