Due to the three decades of neglect that the house suffered at the end of the 20th century, the natural assets of the Estate were allowed to thrive without outside interference, thus creating a rich variety of bird and animal species, flora and fauna.

During the renovation of the Estate, ensuring this diversity remained intact was a main objective. A full inventory of all the species was created and a conservation and management plan put into action immediately to protect the red squirrels, abundant deer and rare bats.

This involved not just the Estate but also the wider community, and included working closely with, and as corporate members of, Northumberland Wildlife Trust. We also joined forces with the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers and The Red Squirrel Protection Partnership to enhance the habitat and future prospects of this threatened species.

Eshott provides a valuable sanctuary and by working with Newcastle University intends to preserve the red squirrel population.

With the RSPB and other organisations, we have implemented professional wildlife feeding regimes, buildings designed to encourage certain bat species, feeding stations, nesting boxes and wildlife corridors to help the wildlife prosper and move freely about the Estate.

The local community, along with Estate guests, are encouraged to help and many are avid red squirrel monitors.

During your stay, you will have the opportunity to explore the woodlands and footpaths in and around the Estate and may wish to take part in Red Squirrel Identification and Monitoring. Your sightings will be very valuable in monitoring the up-to-date locations of red squirrels and the spread of grey squirrels.

If you would like to get involved, you will find fact sheets and other information in the cottage that can be completed and returned to us on your departure. For children, there are various word searches, puzzles and colouring pencils available. Please contact us for further information.