Conservation

The Kelling Estate is committed to undertaking conservation efforts and helps to protect North Norfolk’s wildlife, woodland and natural beauty.

Conservation

Country Stewardship Scheme

Since 2022, the Estate has been officially part of the Mid-Tier Natural England Countryside Stewardship Scheme which aims to manage and protect both the environment and its biodiversity. As part of the scheme, all acreage associated with the Estate has been designated for conservation, this includes over 500 acres of woodland and 1500 acres of stewardship options.

The land will primarily be used to grow natural wild bird crops, plants for biofuel, and hedgerow plantation. Many of the properties on the Estate, including the holiday cottages, have heating and hot water provided by our very own biomass boilers. Encouraging our local wildlife by planting crops that provide both habitats and a source of food over scarce months, means frequent visitors to the Estate include Red and Roe deer, pink footed geese, avocets, various waders on the Kelling Quags, as well as a variety of song birds, Kestrels and Barn Owls.

Our partnership with Kings Frontier has enabled us to tailor our land to specific seed mixtures to provide high quality habitat and implement a sustainable system.

Their expert advice has furthered our own and throughout our five-year Countryside Stewardship Scheme we will implement a variety of grass mixtures which include native plants and legumes such as Perennial Chicory, Sweet Fennel, Birdsfoot Clover, Barley and Sheep Parsley. Ultimately this creates a well-rounded approach benefiting a multitude of different species; by helping to improve the soil quality, creating high value forage material, being a source for pollen and nectar and providing cover for a range of different invertebrates and small mammals. These plants, including a variety of bumble bee, pollen and nectar mixes, help to support the thirty bee hives we have on the Estate. These belong to a local beekeeper and produce a delicious honey which is very popular throughout the community.

Conservation works have been undertaken on the Estate for many years and in 2018 we were delighted to be shortlisted for The Purdey Awards for Game & Conservation which seek to promote outstanding game and habitat conservation work carried out by shoots. The estate was also shortlisted in the North Norfolk Business Awards 2019 in the category Agriculture, Horticulture & Countryside for its contribution to conservation of the environment.

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Future plans

Our commitment to conservation efforts do not stop there, we hope to further expand our list of close working partnerships in the future. We are in communication with the Norfolk Wildlife Trust and the Environmental Land Management Scheme to identify areas where we can improve and support the growth of our countryside and its biodiversity.

News

Find out more about our latest news, events and conservation efforts.

  • Launch of the Kelling Estate Website

    The Launch of the new Kelling Estate Website

    We are pleased to announce the launch of the Kelling Estates’ new website.

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  • Launch of the Kelling Estate Website

    The Launch of the new Kelling Estate Website

    We are pleased to announce the launch of the Kelling Estates’ new website.

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