Environment

Something that is still very evident on the Estate today is damage from the storms of 1987 and 1990, both of which affected this area. Most of the identified open ground was created at this time and many other stands remain under-stocked because of wind-blow.

The most ecologically important area of woodland on the estate is Egypt Wood, which is part of the Burnham Beeches National Nature Reserve complex and itself a candidate Special Area for Conservation (cSAC). This is the biggest part of the estate's broadleaf component and one third of the total woodland area of the Estate – around 170 hectares. It is a mixture of Ancient Woodland and former common land with numerous ancient trees and very high biodiversity interest. It is managed under a joint agreement with Natural England and with regular consultation with the managers of Burnham Beeches.

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