Habitat conservation is one of the most important areas of our work here at Pensthorpe, we showcase their diversity and importance.

During a visit to Pensthorpe you can see wetlands, hedgerows, woodland, water meadows, river banks, species-rich farmland, breck and heath – all vital for a species-rich countryside. The value of the habitats here at Pensthorpe are recognised internationally by the E.U. Special Area of Conservation designation as well as nationally with four Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

All these designations encompass the River Wensum, a lowland chalk river of significant importance, find out more on our River Wensum page. Habitat management includes varying shorelines and encouraging localised flooding at our wader scrape, this helps provide suitable breeding habitat for waders such as avocet, lapwing and redshank.

Scrub clearance and coppicing is also a key part of managing the woodlands our regular volunteer groups enjoy Team Days while undertaking restorative conservation work.