Not just for the birds…

5 May 2017 

Knutsford, Cheshire – As part of this year’s “Secret Stories” campaign, the rangers at Tatton Park will be tweeting weekly photos of the parkland’s “secret wildlife.”  Visitors to the 1,000 acre parkland are aware of the more visible residents such as the red and fallow deer, rabbits, and varied birdlife, but less aware of the nocturnal ones such as foxes, badgers, bats and small rodents.

Aside from the rangers’ photographic contributions, “trailcams” are in place in secured areas of the parkland’s periphery to capture both day and night-time wanderers.  Images captured should include field voles, which make their home in the long grass and provide food for the estate’s barn owls, as well as stoats and weasels.  Hiding in the meres are fish species, such as perch, pike and tench not to mention frogs, toads and newts in ponds dotted throughout the property.

Trees provide a home to many insects and rare invertebrates which have been recorded during recent surveys. The parkland management is in line with a stewardship scheme that provides strict guidelines for the benefit of wildlife and their habitats, such as leaving dead wood in situ in order to encourage diverse species.   Aside from being home to all three native British woodpeckers – the green, great spotted and lesser spotted – Tatton is also home to the colourful kingfisher and a stopover for migrating ospreys.  Visitors can spy on some of these birds and wildlife in our dedicated bird hide near Melchett Mere.

The hard work and passion of Tatton’s dedicated rangers can be seen in their management of the vast parkland.  Aside from their many responsibilities, Parkland Manager, Phil Lucas, notes: “The conservation and enhancement of the park’s special habitats is particularly important work.  These habitats include two large meres and wetlands that are designated “Sites of Special Scientific Interest,”  extensive grasslands and nationally-recognised veteran trees and dead wood, all of which support a wealth of wildlife for all to enjoy."

View captured images of “Tatton’s Secret Wildlife” as well as opening dates & times on www.tattonpark.org.uk.  Discover more at tattonpark.org.uk/secretstories, #secretstories.


Totally Tatton Ticket (entry to Gardens, Mansion & Farm):  Adult £13, Child £7, Family £33.

National Trust members have free entry to the Gardens and Mansion and pay 50% entry to the Farm.  Park vehicle entry charge of £6 applies and includes National Trust members.

Please visit our website www.tattonpark.org.uk or call 01625 374400 for more information.

For further information, please contact Carole Hyde on 01625 374410 ( carole.hyde@cheshireeast.gov.uk)

Tatton Park is managed and financed by Cheshire East Council on behalf of the National Trust.

This impressive historic estate receives in the region of 800,000 visitors every year all of whom come to enjoy its Georgian Mansion, Medieval Old Hall, award-winning Gardens and rare breeds Farm. The 1,000-acre deer park is home to red and fallow deer and the estate also boasts speciality shops, an adventure playground, restaurants and a year-round events programme.

The Tatton Park Vision

The `Tatton Park Vision’ is the park’s 5 year vision for its visitor activities and aims to substantially develop its visitor experience by increasing the attractions and activities on offer. In delivering the vision the aim is to fully realise Tatton Park’s potential and present the best possible experience for its current and new visitors in order to provide new and sustainable income to help manage and conserve the historic estate into the future. This will be done through a programme of investment by Cheshire East Council and the attraction of new business. For more information about the vision visit www.tattonpark.org.uk/vision