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Nature conservation and Meres

With over 1,000 acres of parkland comprising of various habitats including two large meres, woodland, many ponds and rough grassland, Tatton Park is home to a rich variety of flora and fauna.

The meres and Dog Wood are dedicated SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and RAMSAR sites (an intergovernmental convention for the conservation of wetlands) and are recognised as nationally important habitats, not only providing nest sites and winter refuge for large numbers of water birds but are also abundant in wildflowers and scarce plant life. In spring and summer, Swallows and Martins hawk insects over the water and Ospreys have been recorded passing through. Work has been carried out in Dog Wood to encourage the ground cover and biodiversity of this scarce and sensitive wet woodland habitat. Dead wood will be retained, both standing and fallen, and boggy areas encouraged. As a result wildlife will flourish and the conservation of the area will improve.

Wildlife thrives within the 500 acres of woodland. Mammals can be found here, badgers and foxes are common. Nine species of bats have been recorded roosting among the holes and cracked bark of the many mature trees also to be found within the park.

The woodlands are also home to many birds including Nuthatch, Treecreeper and all three species of Woodpecker. Fallen branches, where possible, are left in-situ to attract invertebrates and fungi. for bird lovers the Allen Bird Hide on the edge of Tatton's Melchett Mere provides the perfect spot for watching birds.

The parkland changes with the seasons so there is much to appreciate and enjoy throughout the year.

Millennium Wood is beautiful protected area of Tatton's Parkland where over 30 indigenous trees have been planted. map of Millennium Wood (PDF, 265KB)