The estate

The estate

The Monticello Reproduction Centre is set in an estate, which dates back to the 1850’s, it comprise of about 5.5 hectares, completely on closed  by walls. There is a ‘mansion’ on the estate where part of the teaching activities will take place and where there are areas set aside for storage, breeding and overwintering. There is also a nineteenth century farm cottage.

In the park, there may be found all types of trees typical to the area, such as the oak, the white hornbeam, and alder as well as trees which were originally allocthonous but now very old, such as the plane, the horse chestnut and various species of fir, pine and ceder. In the park, there is a mixture of  wooded areas and open meadow areas, which are periodically mown and which play an important role as a source of food for the waterfowls   which live in semi-liberty.

There is also an artificial lake, also dating back to the 19th century, which is replenished by rainwater: besides affording an evocative sight, it is also home to many aquatic species.