The Dawnay Estates manage a number of environmental schemes on both Estates. Wykeham Estate has been the beneficiary of the Countryside Stewardship Scheme, involving the planting and restoration of over twenty miles of native British hedgerows, and over sixteen miles of dry stone walling!
Fish Pond Wood
The Estate has also planted twenty hectares of new native woodland, including a 10 acre wood at Wykeham in conjunction with the woodland trust to commemorate 200 years since the battle of Trafalgar. The oaks planted in these woods will enhance the environment for generations to come.
At Danby, virtually the entire moorland is being entered into a Higher Level Stewardship scheme with Natural England. This SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) is important to a host of moorland nesting birds, and unique communities of wetland flush fauna and flora.
Dawnay Estates have also helped research into the habits of the Brown Hare, protection of rare raptors such as the Honey Buzzard and retention of traditional pasture management techniques to preserve rare grassland flowers.