Rewilding project in the Cotswolds
Rewilding at Calcot & Spa
We are blessed in this part of the Cotswold's to be surrounded by an abundance of nature and wonderful open spaces - right on our own green doorstep (of over 240 acres) over a period of the last 25 years slowly nature has been given the space to "rewild" through wildflower planting and organic farming practices. More recently in 2012 the planting of over 21,930 native trees and the creation of a new woodland area brought excited news of an increasing number of rare and endangered farmland birds spotted within our grounds as well as an abundance of butterflies, moths and wildflowers.
More native trees and hedgerow are being planted this winter...watch this green space for updates!
Meet our rewilding champion
As the nature around us has been given the space to flourish, our Groundsman Steve and the Calcot team continue their mission to enhance the project further by creating and sustaining this opportunity for a better connection of the wildlife on our doorstep and to encourage our guests to explore and enjoy our wild space.
What's the buzz?
We checked in new guests in 2022 - two hives of beautiful Chew Valley bees who have enjoyed the abundance of wild flowers and hedgerow to feed on throughout the summer months on our nature trail surrounding Calcot. In September we were absolutely delighted with our first honey harvest - our wonderful bees produced the most delicious Calcot honey....pure autumn gold!
As we head into winter our landscape takes on a very different guise, initially looking more bleak with a frost covered land yet it's no less interesting from a nature point of view....our resident Barn owl has been seen regularly surveying the land on his dusk flight for food. Many of our visiting birds have headed to warmer climes yet we still have a vast array of more hardy birdlife using our hedgerow and land as their winter larder. Closer to the hotel and spa we've stocked up our garden bird feeders, replaced bird boxes and added more owl boxes and of course we're keeping an eye out for hibernating hedgehogs around the site....they like a leaf pile to snuggle up in so we ensure we have plenty of these around to accommodate these little guests.