Rewilding at the Knepp Estate
Rewilding at the Knepp Estate, just south of Horsham, West Sussex, began in 2001. Their aim is to establish an ecosystem where nature is given as much freedom as possible. Rare species E.g. nightingales and purple emperor butterflies, are now breeding here and numbers of common species have increased substantially.
They have recently been successful in having white storks nest and bring up their young on the estate. White storks lived in the area many years ago with name of the local town Storrington being based on ‘stork’.
This enterprising company usually offer half day trips round their estate near Dial Post. Your safari will take you to the current ‘hot spots’ of natural interest.You’re likely to see at least some large herbivores – longhorn cattle, Exmoor ponies, Tamworth pigs, red and fallow deer – as they roam freely in large herds through the area, Birds are also present in huge numbers all year round.
If you choose a ‘safari’ you will be able to check trail cameras for their more secretive residents like foxes, badgers, hedgehogs, weasels and stoats; and stop for a species count at some of their wildlife ‘refugia’ for slow-worms, grass-snakes, toads, field-mice and voles.
Knepp is just a 15-20 minute drive from Steyning. Use their walkers’ car park opposite the entrance (suggested donation £5). There are well marked trails of different lengths that you can follow around the site. Go up the tree platforms to enjoy panoramic views and a close- up of life in the canopy
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