24 June 2021

Sussex Shoot walk & Conversation

  • Location / Venue:Sutton Hall, Barcombe, East Sussex
  • Date: 24 June 2021
  • Time: 5:30PM to 8:00PM
  • Organiser:Fleur Fillingham
  • Telephone:07860879377
  • Price: £25
  • Places available: 0
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Tickets price includes a picnic supper and refreshments.

Tour by Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust Advisor Mike Swan. Accompanied by John Sclater, Ruth Wallis and keeper Kevin Francis.

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The Newick and Sutton Hall Estates

The Sclater family have owned the Newick Estate for a little over 200 years and the contiguous Sutton Hall Estate for a little over 50 years. Combined they are over 2,500 acres, of which about 685 acres are woodland. Farming is the engine of the Estates. The family farm about 2,000 acres including about 200 acres of rented land and milk around 830 cows in three herds. James Wallis has run the farm for the last ten years; his wife Ruth is a Land Agent and is the Estate Manager. Chemical use is kept to an absolute minimum on the farm, which joined the ELS and HLS in 2012.

This involved the creation of 6 metre and 4 metre margins around nearly all the arable fields; maintenance and restoration of grassland for target features; establishment of in-field grass areas to prevent erosion and run-off; taking cultivated land with archaeological features out of production; creating wet grassland for winter waders; creating a number of fallow plots for ground nesting birds; sowing enhanced wild bird seed mix on various plots around the Estate; putting fields into fodder crop management to retain or recreate an arable mosaic; hedgerow planting, maintenance and management; and a range of other operations.

After a period of neglect following the Second World War, the Estates woods have been regenerated since the 1970s, though restoration was badly affected by the hurricane of October 1987. The Estates have planted over 200,000 oak trees in 50 years and have recently embarked on a programme of increasing our range of species (eg small-leaved lime; yew; eucalyptus, in conjunction with Forest Research, which monitors the progress of the plantation on an annual basis.

The Estates are committed to be good stewards of the environment and have ongoing relationships with Natural England, the National and Sussex Wildlife Trusts, the Ouse and Adur Rivers Trust, the Sussex Ouse Restoration Trust, South East Water, FWAG, the Maize Growers Association, The Barn Owl Trust, Sussex School of Archaeology, Newick School and Sussex University, plus a wide variety of individuals who help with monitoring the health of the wildlife on the Estates.

Please join us on Thursday 24 June for a rare and fascinating opportunity to see how the Estates put their commitment to the environment into practice.

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