Wildlife & Conservation

Hungerford Wildlife Conservation

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

The Town & Manor of Hungerford is the guardian and protector of 140 hectares of land (about 350 acres), 5.3 miles of river and 3.2 miles of canal, which include: Hungerford Common, about 200 acres, Freeman’s Marsh, about 90 acres, Harvey’s Meadow, about 30 acres, Hungerford Marsh Nature Reserve 28 acres, stretches of the rivers Kennet and Dun and sections of the Kennet & Avon 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.

a black Glossy Ibis wading in shallow water on Freeman's Marsh in Hungerford

Freeman’s Marsh – Bird Nesting Season

It's now several years since the Trustees of the Town & Manor of Hungerford launched a long term conservation programme to ...
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The Fishery

The Hungerford fishery comprises five miles of excellent private fishing along the chalk streams of the River Kennet and River ...
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Mute swans with young cygnets on their nest on the river bank, Town and Manor of Hungerford

Wildlife & Conservation

One of our most important roles is caring for large stretches of land and rivers, rich in natural wildlife and ...
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Hungerford Common, with narrow worn path, and views across open grassland to mature trees and grazing cows

Working with Natural England

The Town & Manor works closely with Natural England regarding Commons and Land Management. The photo shows Natural England Officer ...
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Kingfisher photographed by Hugh Pihlens

Bird Ringing

Come and see a demonstration of bird ringing in Freeman’s Marsh. Wildlife is one of the key aspects of the ...
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Lois Pihlens on one of our popular Flower Walks, photo by Tony Bartlett

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.