Venturing out on foot is the best way to soak up the sounds and sights of the rewilding project. Guided by our expert ecologist at a gentle pace, there is plenty of time to take in our astonishing wildlife – from our herds of free-roaming longhorn cattle, red and fallow deer, Exmoor ponies and Tamworth pigs, to delicate butterflies and dragonflies.
It is also the best way to listen to bird song and spot our specialities like common and lesser whitethroat, yellowhammer, goldfinch, linnet and bullfinch. In May and June there is a good chance of hearing nightingales and turtle doves – some of the rarest birds in Britain – and in summer, catch the blue flash of kingfisher over the lakes and ponds. In autumn, watch out for hunting kestrels and the titanic battles of rutting stags. It’s a chance, too, to encounter the smaller creatures at ground level – like beetles, frogs, slow worms and grass snakes.
Mid-way through the safari you’ll break a refreshing drink and locally made brownies, with wonderful views of the Wildland.
Walking will be for 2½-3 hours, with frequent stops to look at wildlife. You’ll need a moderate level of fitness and be able to cope with walking on uneven ground.