Knepp is just a 15 minute drive from Steyning so it’s really easy to visit if you have a car.
Rewilding there began in 2001 with the aim to establish an ecosystem where nature has as much freedom as possible. Rare species E.g. Nightingales and purple emperor butterflies, now breed here and numbers of common species have increased substantially.
As you enter the estate the sign shows some of the animals you could see: Red and fallow deer, Exmoor ponies, Longhorn cattle and Tamworth pigs, all of which all roam freely in large herds throughout the grounds.
Knepp has recently been successful in having white storks nest and bring up their young. White storks lived in the area many years ago, with name of the local town Storrington being based on ‘stork’. On our visit, last June, we were excited to see storks nesting with their chicks in three different places!
There are 16 miles of well marked footpaths at Knepp within the rewilding project, with five tree viewing-platforms, offering panoramas of the surrounding countryside, and a bird-hide overlooking Knepp Lake.
Go up the tree platforms to enjoy panoramic views and a close-up of life in the canopy.
You can use the walkers’ car park opposite the entrance (suggested donation £5). We were given maps and helped to identify a route of a suitable length for us.
After you finish exploring you can stop off for refreshments at the ‘Stork Cafe‘!
Rewilding at the Knepp Estate Safari Trips
Safaris are led by an ecologist and are either on foot or in an open sided jeep. The walks take 2 to 3 hours.
Your ‘safari’ will take you to the current ‘hot spots’ of natural interest. You are likely to come across some of their large herbivores! Birds are also present in huge numbers all year round.
You may be able to check trail cameras for their more secretive residents like foxes, badgers, hedgehogs, weasels and stoats or stop for a species count at some of their wildlife ‘refugia’s to discover numbers of slow-worms, grass-snakes, toads, field-mice and voles.
Knepp is in Dial Post. Park in the walkers’ car park.
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