Wasing Conservation

Wasing Estate, as a steward of the countryside is aware of the responsibility to maximise our nature conservation work.

Whether that be the Natterer Bat Project creating bat lofts for maternity colonies in new building developments, or looking after the rare Whorl Snail or Emerald Dragonfly at the SSSI’s (Sites of Special Scientific Interest), we take this responsibility very seriously.

Wasing has a wonderful stock of deer including Roe, Fallow and Muntjac, however with large numbers, Wasing have to manage the stock numbers and quality. In order for our habitat to support the deer and ensure they do not damage the landscape ecology and woodland, we must manage the stock to a healthy level.

Thanks to our continued investment in game cover crops, we have been able to stem the decline in the farmland bird population and it is now in good health.

As well as farmland, the river plays an important role in conservation at Wasing and being a Kennet Stakeholder brings a huge responsibility. Wasing is involved in the National Fisheries Action Plan, in particular The Kennet Restoration Project which aims to re-stock Barbel, Chub and Roach to the Kennet. To stock these fish we need to create havens along the river to provide cover and protection against predators such as Cormorants and Mink.

More recently, Wasing is part of the Higher Level Stewardship Scheme and will be providing ground nesting sites, 40 skylark plots and food sources for seed and insect eating birds. Bees will have specially planted pollen and nectar mix, and butterflies will benefit from over 17km of floristically enhanced field margins. Valuable ‘Sites of Special Scientific Interest’ (SSSI’s), will be improved with the creation of flight paths for damsel and dragon flies. With the creation of a new pond, 8 kms of grass margins to protect watercourses and the planting of 200 trees and over a kilometre of new hedge, these projects will maintain the habitat for wildlife and bring rewards for generations to come.