All the gamekeepers who work on the Rural Estate at Swinton are trained to collect data for the Wild Watch Project. This survey work has been running on the Estate since 2017 and is administered by Nidderdale AONB to gather location data for over 70 target wildlife species from moths and reptiles to red list bird species. This helps for planning of future conservation work in the region.
In 2018, the estate recorded seven out of nine target wading bird species (Curlew, Oystercatcher, Dunlin, Golden Plover, Lapwing, Redshank and Snipe) and four out of five ‘red list’ farmland birds (Skylark, Song Thrush, Linnet and Lessor Redpoll) which are in decline but have been revealed by the survey to have an encouragingly wide distribution in the Nidderdale AONB. The estate also documented eight species of bumblebee and over 150 moth species, including the rare Gem and Blomer’s Rivulet. The abundance of these threatened species is largely due to the habitat work and managed program of predator control carried out by the gamekeepers.
Visitors to Swinton Estate who walk in the Parkland or in the woodland around the Druid’s Temple are invited to take part in the Owl Watch scheme. This is an initiative set up by Nidderdale AONB in partnership with the Rural Estate, to encourage reports of owl sightings using freepost postcards. The findings help gather baseline data of where owls live in Nidderdale AONB, helping inform how and where best to conserve them.
Tel: 01765 689224
Swinton Estate Office, Swinton, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 4JH