Conservation is at the very heart of the Estate’s ethos and in recent years there has been a greater emphasis placed on the creation of new habitat for game and wildlife. A wide diversity of nationally important habitats occur on the estate, and our conservation works cover important moorlands, sensitive wetlands, semi-natural woodland and productive farmland.
Five years ago the Bywell project began with the aim of producing a sustainable stock of English (Grey) Partridges and wild pheasants but it has also resulted in a dramatic increase of other wildlife including threatened species such as Lapwing and Curlew.
The Estate’s commitment to conservation was recognised in November 2017 when the team were awarded the prestigious Gold Award for Wildlife and Conservation at the Purdey Awards. The judges described Bywell as ‘truly outstanding in nurturing a myriad of wildlife’.
The Estate are also returning 100 acres of coniferous woodland to its original habitat of heather moorland to enhance greater bio-diversity. Together with Natural England and Durham University, we are working to regenerate damaged and degraded moorland plant species.
The Bywell beat of the River Tyne is one of the best stretches of Salmon fishing in England and is carefully and considerately managed by the Estate to ensure healthy fish stocks throughout the season.