Wimpole Wildlife, Flora and Fauna
Wimpole Woods was notified as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in February
2003, which was confirmed in October 2003. The
woodland is known to be a nationally important site, which supports a maternity
roost for the very rare Barbestelle bat Barbestella barbastellus. This is just
one of six species of bat that have been recorded at this site.
If you wish to read more about
the designation, please open the English Nature Notification Document here
Further to this Classification it is also under
consideration by the government as a candidate Special Area of
Conservation (cSAC) because it hosts species or habitats of European
importance, which will provide them with increased protection and
management of the site.
The Forester at Wimpole, along with some long term
volunteers has recently been continuing the improvement of the
hedgerows on the estate using traditional hedge laying techniques, using
stakes and withers cut from the woodland.