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Wildlands & Woodlands: An Extended Tour

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Nature is now taking the leading role shaping the landscape at Coltleigh, with the removal of intensive sheep grazing and the re-introduction of extensive grazing by large herbivores. This is an opportunity to take an extended walk through this rewilding landscape, discussing the project and visiting ancient woodland, scrub, marsh and various agriculturally unimproved grassland types; neutral, acidic or calcareous iin character.


July is the rutting season for Roe Deer, butterfly and insect abundance in general is at or near it’s peak, family parties of breeding birds are on the wing and the first migrant birds, such as the Willow Warbler are passing through.  Along with White Park Cattle and their calves, we may also get a first view of the Iron Age Pigs that are being introduced to Coltleigh as part of the rewilding project.

Date and Time: 9am Sunday 31st July 2022

Location: Meet at the Coach House.

Schedule: Introductions then 5 minute drive up to Coltleigh Farm

Duration: 4 hour guided walk with Dr Tom Brereton

Tickets: £45 per person

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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