Wildlife is abundant across the estate, benefitting from the diversity of habitats and the lack of intensive agriculture and chemicals. Wildflowers are present year-round – from the hellebores and primulas in the woods to the rich arrays of orchids, chickory and wild onions, through to the cyclamen of autumn. The arrival of cuckoos, hoopoe and bee-eaters heralds the summer, when they join the resident buzzards, woodpeckers and songbirds. Less often seen, but nonetheless abundant are roe deer, wild boar, porcupines, badgers, foxes, and martens.
The woods and fields are also popular among local fungi-hunters in the autumn, and are rich in chestnuts, pine-nuts and berries. We are developing our capacity for foraging, especially for wild salads and roots. Closer to home we have our own smallholding, with chickens, horses, sheep and a cow.