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WILDER DODDINGTON

We are embarking on a 100 year project to bring more nature back to the Doddington estate

On 5 June 2021 the United Nations launched its Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. It is a rallying call for the revival of ecosystems to benefit people and nature. And that is just what Wilder Doddington is setting out to achieve:

letting nature recover, letting people connect to nature

ECOSYSTEM RECOVERY

We are ending arable farming and letting nature take over, with our Lincoln Red cattle and existing wild deer population managing the landscape for us. Later we will be adding wild ponies and pigs to the mix.

This low intensity grazing will allow the development of wood pasture, wetlands and species-rich grassland across the previously extensively drained and conventionally farmed estate.

the vision

The result will be that woodlands and other habitats expand and link up, and new habitats are created, resulting in: a huge increase in wildlife and biodiversity; a big reduction in greenhouse gases emitted; lots more carbon locked away in soils and vegetation; better and more resilient soils, better water quality; and reduced flooding.

We will also be developing a whole range of wildlife safaris, tours, guided walks and nature spotting; there will be camping, glamping and self-catering accommodation; new walking and cycling routes; access to Wilder Doddington for education and learning, health, fitness and nature-inspired creative and cultural events; and there will be exciting work experience and employment opportunities. And of course there will be delicious, sustainable, pasture-fed organic beef for sale.

BIRD SURVEY

Highlights from Graeme Lyons’ spring bird survey at Doddington include Reed Buntings, Bullfinches, a Redpoll, several Lapwing, Tree Sparrows close to the centre of the estate and a late flock of 40+ Fieldfares hanging around (due to the cold spring we suspect).
 
Highlights from the latest bird survey include a Cuckoo and Yellow Wagtail. Also lots of Whitethroats, Lesser Whitethroats and Garden Warblers.

INVERTEBRATES

On a recent invertebrate survey, ecologist Graeme Lyons reported an amazing 101 field identifications of invertebrates including the nationally scarce Ant-tiger (Euryopis flavomaculata) and, new to Lincolnshire, the grassland spider Mangora acalypha made its debut.

aquatic INVERTEBRATES

We want to improve our water habitats so knowing what is here now is an important first step. Amongst our findings are a newt eft, freshwater leech and water louse. Some species can only be identified with a microscope so in due course we will have a full list.
 
Graham Warnes was joined by Luca Mao, Lainie Qie and Isobel Wright from the University of Lincoln.

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Photography: Doddington Hall, Lexy Foxley-Johnson, Mark Stacey Photography, Vicky Barlow, Pete Gilbert, Graeme Lyons