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Alternative Land Use

In recent years great emphasis has been placed on the creation of new habitat for game and wildlife.

The game and wildlife team look after all matters relating to game conservation, predator control and habitat management for wildlife and fish. The shoots are controlled and managed and habitat improvement is constantly reviewed.

Bird of preyThe carefully balanced management of Special Projects including Red Kites, Barn Owls and Otters has already produced notable successes and joint initiatives with English Nature, Yorkshire Water and the RSPB have seen the reintroduction of red kites into Yorkshire's countryside for the first time in over 100 years. At Harewood Estate red kites and buzzards breed successfully and peregrine falcons, merlins, kestrels and barn owls are regularly seen.

DeerThere is a healthy population of wild larger mammals such as red deer, roe deer, fallow deer, hare, foxes and badgers. The diversity of these species is most welcome and we hope that it will continue to grow.

As part of our wide-ranging conservation programme, the Estate has been attempting to create some wetland habitat (both ponds and marsh), and to provide an effective medium for marshy grasses, rushes and other green plant life to grow. We have been delighted with the results and the pond now has some excellent rushes and wetland grasses all around, as well as much more covered habitat. This has resulted in wild birds nesting on the edges and we are very pleased it has worked out so well.