Join our project manager, Isobel Wright, to see the beginnings of our Wilder Doddington Project. We are embarking on a 100 year journey to restore more nature back to Doddington. After several decades of intense farming of our cropped land we are taking the brakes off and allowing nature to recover.
Following a briefing in the covered wagon shed you will walk into the private part of the estate seeing what is left of our final crops and then walk through some of our existing oases of nature, that we are encouraging to spread. Learn about the early years of this project, and how we intend to use our beautiful pedigree Lincoln Red cattle to help drive the habitat recovery. Depending on the weather and what we have seen in the previous days we may take a spade to look for earthworms, or a net for pondlife, or we may peek into a dungpat for beetles! Whilst we can’t guarantee wildlife we hope there will be yellow hammer, whitethroat, goldfinches, hare, maybe even deer and grass snakes.
Whatever the weather we will take a leisurely walk at a moderate pace with frequent stops. A degree of fitness is needed to cope with walking on uneven ground. Approximate walking distance, including walking over fields is 4km. Please dress appropriately for the weather and ground conditions. Whatever the weather long trousers and long sleeves along with sturdy footwear are a requirement for a comfortable walk where we may encounter damp fields and brambles. Bring waterproofs if wet or cold. Please bring refreshments if you think you may need them.
Wilder walks are available on:
Tuesday 24 August 10am
Wednesday 25 August 5.30pm
Wednesday 8 September 2.30pm
Thursday 16 September 5.30pm
Approximate duration: 2 – 2 ½ hours
Booking essential: £20/person (limited to 12 people, aged 12 or over)
Meeting point is the grassy area by the bike shop car park
We wish for everyone to enjoy their visit to Doddington and would like to reassure all our visitors that we are adhering to all guidelines issued by Public Health England and the Government in relation to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). We have been granted the official UK ‘We’re Good To Go’ mark to show we are following Government and Industry Covid-19 guidelines.
We have implemented the following practices for farm walks as the health and safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors is vitally important to us.
Limited visitor numbers & hand sanitiser.
From 19 July, we are not required to wear face coverings outdoors but we encourage all visitors to wear face coverings in indoors settings.