Go on a behind-the-scenes e-bike cycling tour of Doddington's Estate to discover how nature is recovering in the Wilder parts of the private land.
Join a senior member of the Wilder team, for a leisurely 2½ hour ride to see the beginnings of our Wilder Doddington project. Following a briefing in the covered wagon shed you will be allocated a cycling helmet and electric bike from Giant Store Lincoln.
The team will spend a few minutes making sure everyone is confident at riding before setting off. You should be comfortable riding a bike already and you will spend a few minutes familiarising yourself with the battery-powered assistance that e-bikes offer.
The safari will be a mix of short rides interspersed by stopping to spend time in nature.
The Wilder Doddington Project
Doddington Hall is embarking on a 100-year journey to bring nature back into the estate. After several decades of intensive farming of cropped land, the Wilder Team are taking the brakes off and allowing nature to recover.
In late 2022 Doddington started letting cattle roam more freely and graze fields that used to be cropped, and you will see the impact they are having. You may spot the newly arrived Mangalitza pigs brought in for their enthusiasm for rootling the ground. You will walk through some of Doddington's existing oases of nature, that are being encouraged to spread. Depending on the weather and what the Wilder team have seen in the previous days you may take a spade to look for earthworms, or a net for pond life, look for harvest mouse nests or you may peek into a dung pat for beetles! Whilst the Wilder team can’t guarantee wildlife it is likely there will be Yellowhammer, Buzzard, Goldfinches, hares, and maybe even deer and grass snakes.