Wildlife & Conservation

Mute swans with young cygnets on their nest on the river bank, Town and Manor of Hungerford

One of our most important roles is caring for large stretches of land and rivers, rich in natural wildlife and biodiversity.

Mute swans with young cygnets on their nest on the river bank, Town and Manor of Hungerford

Mute swans with young cygnets on their nest on the river bank, photo by Tony Bartlett

The Town & Manor owns and manages large areas of land around Hungerford, including The Common to the east (about 200 acres), Freeman’s Marsh to the west (about 90 acres), Hungerford Marsh Nature Reserve (28 acres) and Harvey’s Meadow (about 30 acres) to the north east of the town, and extensive fishing along 5.3 miles of the rivers Kennet and Dun, and 3.2 miles of canal.

A key aspect of the management of these special areas is to encourage natural wildlife habitat. At the Town & Manor we work hard to look after these environments, to respect and protect them for the future.

We see ourselves not as owners, but as guardians of this ancient and remarkable area, and work hard to ensure the careful management of these areas, encouraging natural habitats, monitoring wildlife and maintaining the health of the environment, for today and for the future.

Lois Pihlens leading the HADCAF flower walk for Town and Manor of Hungerford

Lois Pihlens leading the HADCAF flower walk – photo by Tony Bartlett

Why not join one of our expert-led walks or trailer rides to find out more about the local area, and our conservation projects. Find out more in Things To Do. Or feel free to wander around some of our beautiful local countryside, and see what wildlife you can spot.