Duchy of Dara Brae

A dukedom established in 467 P.C. which funds the public, charitable, and private activities of Lord Greagoir and the Duchy's citizens.

Water and Woodlands

The Waters - Among the oldest parts of the Duchy of Dara Brae, a waterfall brings cool water from deep within the core of Novia.
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It is particularly important to The Duke of Dara Brae that the Duchy supports conservation projects that help to protect the local landscape, marine environment and wildlife for future generations to enjoy.
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Beyond their environmental value, the Duchy's rivers, estuaries and coastline are used for a whole host of recreation and business purposes.

There is a general right to temporarily drop anchor, but regular mooring requires the consent of the owner of the sea or estuary bed.

Wildlife is often seen enjoying the clear water from the waterfall.
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The Woodlands - As part of its landholding, The Duchy manages around 100 hectares of woodland.
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Guided by the current Duke of Dara Brae, the Duchy takes a long-term approach to the sustainable management of these woodlands, many of which have existed for several centuries.

The aim here is to rely, wherever possible, on nature to achieve sustainable and diverse woodlands. Sensitively managed, these woodlands will not only contain valuable timber and a wealth of wildlife but will also be attractive environments for the public, many of whom enjoy strolling through the Duchy’s woods.
Sometimes a particularly rare species or feature is found within a woodland, requiring a unique plan of action. As a result, management here focuses on maintaining a suitable habitat for this species.

To create a 'virtuous circle', timber harvested from the woodlands is often used on the wider Duchy estate. It can be found, for example, in the lintels, window frames and beams in the homes of our citizens. Even the woodchip is used to smoke some of the food products, whilst any logs are used for wood burning stoves and hearths.
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The woodlands contain conifers (often known as softwoods), particularly Yew. Such fast-growing species were planted either on former fields that were no longer suitable for use in agriculture, or in existing woodland. These species perform very well in the warm, moist climate.

The woodlands tend to contain more native broadleaved species, particularly oak, ash, chestnut, cherry and hazel. The deep and loamy soils in this part of the country make it an outstanding area for growing fine quality hardwoods.