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Manor Woods - a natural history

The Manor Woods are a locally important wildlife resource and an important part of the history and modern day life of Dauntsey’s School.

The Manor Woods are very diverse, containing a number of different habitats and their associated fauna. Ancient woodland replanted with a varied understory habitat can be found on the well drained slopes, with wet woodland in the valley bottom, an old orchard and areas of land once used for food production, plus meadow grassland and primary woodland.

The woods contain plantation trees, specimen trees, primary and secondary woodland and a selection of mature native trees. The most natural areas are found in the south west of the site on the slopes and valley bottom. There are also the remains of yew tree avenues, which originate from the landscaped gardens created when the house was built in the 1860's.

The area hosts a wide variety of bird life from buzzards to gold crests, several active badger sets, roe deer can be regularly seen browsing amongst the trees and on the golf course, snakes and lizards have occasionally been seen.

Steve Challis, Head Groundsman
Please download document here for a full Report of The Manor Woods (pdf)

Dauntsey’s Wildlife Club

Please follow the links below to find out a bit more about the widlife found in the Manor Woods. These pages were prepared by Dauntsey's Wildlife Club who take a keen interest in the natural history of the Manor Woods undertaking a variety of activities inluding small mammal trapping, wildlife tracking, bird surveying and building nest and roost boxes.