Stone Curlews by David Thelwell
Tidgrove is a small country estate in North Hampshire comprising a number of listed period properties surrounded by a mixture of parkland, woodland and farmland with three lakes each strategically placed both for amenity and conservation
During the medieval period Tidgrove was the site of a royal palace complex used by the norman kings both for
sporting pursuits and as a convenient stop over between their domains in England and France.
For the last quarter of a century the farmland has been the
subject of a habitat improvement project to re-introduce and re-establish threatened species of both flora and fauna, put under increasing pressure by
the speed, customs and constraints of modern agricultural practice.
The estate now provides suitable breeding habitats for an increasing number of
rare birds including Stone Curlews, Lapwings and most of the native varieties of Owl
In order to assist with the funding of of the conservation projects a number of fieldsports
are provided including game shooting, fishing and falconry, together with summer activities and functions able to make use of the peaceful and private settings among the abundance of wildlife surrounded by a beautiful and historic landscape.