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Dunsany Nature Reserve

For those who’d like to explore the natural world even more deeply, one of The Station House’s most extraordinary neighbours is naturalist and film-maker Randal Plunkett, 21st Baron of Dunsany, who took the unorthodox gamble of deciding in 2014 to rewild his family’s storied Co. Meath demesne, building a thriving 750-acre nature reserve.

Rewilding at Dunsany was a radical move, removing all grazing animals from the property, gearing towards restoring ecosystems to the point where nature can take care of itself, and now Dunsany Nature Reserve is the first Irish project to be recognised by the European Rewilding Network.

 The rewilding project at Dunsany has led to increased biodiversity, including sightings of rare local bird species not recorded in the area for a long time such as red kites, woodpeckers, barn owls, long-eared owls, herons and sparrow hawks, along with red deer, foxes, otters, badgers, pine martens, hares and stoats.