Easton Park Nature Sanctuary

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    EASTON PARK, Dunmow, Essex, which Frances, Countess of Warwick, has recently willed under terms to the Essex County Council to assure its future as a Nature reserve, covers a thousand acres of mixed wood and parkland, and has long been preserved as a wild-life sanctuary, with no shooting and only the rabbits killed. Although a little short of water except for the dewponds, the estate is rich in wild-life: there are considerable numbers of jackdaws, green and spotted woodpeckers, goldfinches and long-tailed tits ; goldcrests, hawfinches, kestrels, the three common owls, nuthatches and many jays nest in the woods. In a recent autumn study of the bird sanctuaries there, by invitation of Lady Warwick, Mr. Eric Hardy noted fifty species of bird, including a roosting flock of 195 jackdaws. There are a few red squirrels in the park, but no grey squirrels and no nesting carrion-crows. Wild pheasants and partridge are numerous, and there are two large duck ponds where Lady Warwick intends to introduce ornamental waterfowl. A large four-acre wood around Stone Hall on the south side of the estate is permanently fenced and padlocked and kept as a specially secluded sanctuary for woodland nesters.

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    Easton Park Nature Sanctuary. Nature 140, 800 (1937). https://doi.org/10.1038/140800a0

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