At Wild Ken Hill, we are blessed to have recorded over 2,600 species (and counting!). The diverse soils here give rise to a wonderful “mosaic” of habitats: freshwater marshes, heathland, mixed woodland, and the new grasslands and scrub of the rewilding area, now 4 years old. In turn, the biodiversity here is fantastic and the reason for this new guided tour – Wildlife Watching.
Many of our tours focus on the work that we do here, and why it is important, with your guide explaining what “rewilding” means to us, or discussing the potential of regenerative farming.
This guided tour is different. It focuses fully on the wildlife we find here, whether its birds, butterflies, dragonflies, rare plants, or mammals. The tour is about wildlife watching, learning about nature, and identifying what you encounter.
There will be ample chance to learn and ask questions about what you see and how to identify what we encounter. Your guide will help you identify everything from that dashing dragonfly to bird song and calls. They will will also explain what the wildlife is doing and why it’s here.
What you’ll find depends on the season and the weather. But it’s nature – every walk is different.
In addition to the wildlife we may encounter the resident Exmoor ponies, Tamworth pigs, and Red Poll cattle. Whilst our nocturnal beavers will most likely be at rest, you’ll certainly see evidence of their efforts to create wet woodland.
Be prepared for some magical moments. Binoculars are not essential but would enhance your visit.
AM/PM: Wildlife Watching takes place in the morning
Start Time: 09:30 (please arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time)
Duration: Around 2 and a half hours
- Tour typically on foot. Possible vehicle use in bad weather.
- Moderate walking pace with frequent stops. Moderate fitness is best to cope with walking on uneven ground. There are a small number of hilly slopes with gradients no steeper than 20%.
- Walking distance: 2-4 km
- Tour will go ahead in almost all weathers, so please dress accordingly. Trousers, sleeve-length tops and robust shoes are required in all weathers, as the ground is uneven and the long grass can be wet or scratchy. In wet or cold weather, a warm waterproof coat and wellington boots are required.
- Suitable for Children 12 and over. For little legs and impatient enthusiasts please see The Big Picture on Wheels
- Covid-19 secure