Wildlife | Wilderness Reserve

Wildlife



THE ESTATE

Wilderness Reserve is a 5000 acre paradise managed for wildlife and few private places elsewhere in Britain exist that can boast of hosting 125 species of birds, 33 mammals, 220 plants, nearly 600 moths, 23 butterflies, 20 dragonflies and four amphibians. 2,000 nest boxes, 75 for barn owls and the rest for smaller birds such as tits, robins and spotted flycatchers can be seen on the trees. Acres of wildflower seed has been sown, so carpets of vibrant golds, reds, yellows and blues are on display during spring, summer and autumn seasons.


WILDERNESS WALKS

Wilderness Reserve guests are welcome to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the reserve. Guided walks can be arranged for both small and large parties. Wildlife experiences can be gained in all seasons, but in spring there is a burst of birdsong as swallows, warblers and cuckoos take up residence. During summer, the year’s new chicks fledge their nests; the wildlife ponds become drenched with flora and fauna and are visited by spectacular flying insects such as dragonflies and butterflies in search of mates.


WILDERNESS WALKS

Wilderness Reserve guests are welcome to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the reserve. Guided walks can be arranged for both small and large parties. Wildlife experiences can be gained in all seasons, but in spring there is a burst of birdsong as swallows, warblers and cuckoos take up residence. During summer, the year’s new chicks fledge their nests; the wildlife ponds become drenched with flora and fauna and are visited by spectacular flying insects such as dragonflies and butterflies in search of mates.

“Families will love the wild open space and the almost absence of cars."


As summer wanes, summering birds are delightfully replaced by hundreds of wintering thrushes such as redwings and fieldfares that seek out berry-bearing hedgerows and orchards where they will voraciously feed on the crop. And as autumn turns to winter, the first woodcock arrives under the light of October’s “harvest” full moon. Wilderness Reserve woodlands host several hundred of these amazing creatures that zig-zag through the trees. Finches gather in flocks and wildfowl numbers increase with teal, wigeon and tufted duck joining the local mallard on the lakes and larger ponds.

Sibton Park, part of Kim Wilkie’s revival of this Arcadian landscape, is alive with wildlife but Wilderness Reserve is also a stone’s throw away from some of England’s premier wildlife sites. Under the guidance of Wilderness Reserve Ranger, Steve Piotrowski, a range of tours are guides are available for groups, adults, and children who may wish to learn more.

Arrange a tour

Sibton Park, part of Kim Wilkie’s revival of this Arcadian landscape, is alive with wildlife but Wilderness Reserve is also a stone’s throw away from some of England’s premier wildlife sites. Under the guidance of Wilderness Reserve Ranger, Steve Piotrowski, a range of tours are guides are available for groups, adults, and children who may wish to learn more.

Arrange a tour