Conservation and Environment

Diverse habitats within Blackmoor Estate

Blackmoor Estate encompasses a diverse range of habitat types including a large acreage of woodland (much of it ancient), heathland and areas of diverse grassland. Most of the estate lies within the South Downs National Park. Extensive botanical and wildlife surveys have been carried out.

The Estate has been involved in a number of Countryside Stewardship Schemes for many years. These conservation schemes have encompassed a wide range of environmental projects to encourage biodiversity and foremost amongst them have been:

  • The restoration and creation of heathland and dry acid grassland.
  • The creation of species-rich chalk grassland to form a corridor between Noar Hill and Selborne Common Nature Reserves

Since 2014 this approach to conserving nature at the landscape scale by building corridors and linkages in the landscape has been rolled out more broadly. Blackmoor Estate helped form the Selborne Landscape Partnership which now involves 27 neighbouring farmers and land owners managing wildlife in a joined up manner over 5000 ha of countryside.

Sustainable conservation

Over the years Blackmoor Estate has funded and hosted a number of research trials including on habitat provision for native pollinators. A number of flower mixes were established to provide pollen and nectar for bumblebees and solitary bees.

These provide a valuable ecosystem service in the form of pollination – not least for the estate’s orchards.

The Estate has also collaborated with the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (woodcock and lapwing research) and the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust (pond establishment and rehabilitation). The estate has a Woodland Management Plan in place.

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Blackmoor Estate Ltd, Blackmoor, Liss, Hampshire GU33 6BS
Tel: +44 (0)1420 476003

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