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.
Meet Our Rewilding Champion
As the nature around us has been given the space to flourish, our Groundsman Steve and the Calcot team are now on a 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 are buzzing about and settling in really well, enjoying the spring wildflowers on the nature trail surrounding Calcot & Spa.
As we drift towards summer and are experiencing milder weather - birds are sitting on their eggs or feeding their young, bees are busy collecting nectar and pollen and other smaller mammals such as hares are preparing for the arrival of their young. Around Calcot we have started to see the first swifts and house martins as well as swallows - a truly lovely sight. Already we're hearing the sounds of some of our ground nesting birds such a skylarks....a beautiful sound that summer is on its way!