It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. We extend our deepest sympathies to Her Majesty The Queen and all members of the Royal Family.
His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh was the Ranger of the Great Park for nearly 70 years and during this time his impact on one of the most recognised landscapes in the world has been immense. He has provided guidance and insight to our team to help them manage the Great Park and the wider estate, from the farms to the wildlife to the ancient woodlands, ensuring it can continue to offer a rich sanctuary for all, for generations to come. We will miss him greatly and there is no doubt that his influence will continue to be seen in our work across the Great Park.
His Royal Highness’s commitment to protecting the Great Park for the long-term can be best summed up in his own words: “The management of land is a very long-term business and the best results can only be achieved if there is confidence and continuity. We are enjoying the gardens and avenues and amenities planted by previous generations and it is because I feel myself to be a temporary custodian that I am planting for future generations.”
A progressive independent commercial business, created by Act of Parliament. Our portfolio includes the whole of Regent Street and much of St James’s in London’s West End, prime regional shopping centres, Windsor Great Park, rural land and coastline, and the UK’s seabed.
Whether you are a keen ornithologist, a casual bird-watcher or somewhere in between, Windsor Great Park has much to offer around this vast natural landscape.
The ancient trees within the Park provide a variety of habitats, offering ideal nesting sites for a number of interesting birds - including Tawny and Barn Owls, and the Greater and Lesser Spotted Woodpecker. Or if you are interested in ground nesting species such as Nightjars and Dartford Warblers, the rich heathland of Swinley Forest - part of the Thames Valley Special Protection Area - is a prime location in which to spot them.
There is also a great deal of bird life to be seen in our wetland habitats. Herons can often be seen on the lake at Virginia Water – and Mandarin Ducks, Coots and Kingfishers can be found in the southern streams that feed into it. The occasional Bittern is also known to visit the reeds, while Egyptian Geese flock to the Great Park in Winter.