Wildlife & eNVIRONMENT
The Estate has a very varied range of habitats:
1.6 miles of the River Severn
1.6 miles of river bank side, either open or wooded.
Grazing river meadows.
Woodland, some pure broadleaved but mainly mixed.
The woodlands occupy steep sided dingles, either sandy soil or heavy clay, but are mainly situated on gentle to steep slopes ('Leaton Shelf').
The Knolls, glacial in origin, are another interesting feature.
The Farmland is either permanent pasture, short rotation grass ?? or arable (??).
The woodlands on the estate are planted following the Bradford and Hutt system which was developed on the Estate.
.This system has been developed over the last 60 years.
The Bradford and Hutt system has system has maintained good quality habitats on the Estate.(see Woodland section)
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Over sixty five species of birds have been observed on the Estate , twenty species of butterflies and numerous species of moth. Glow-worms have been observed twice.
The summer of 2018 has been notable for the variety of and high population levels of Bumble Bee observed on the Estate.
Honey bee populations have also been at high levels and the Estate is home to a number of bee hives.