Tatton Park's Parkland
Ranger Emergency Contact no. 07768 154884
Our deer are calving in the Parkland - If you come across a young deer on its own then please do not touch it and keep dogs under close control, its mother knows where it is. Any interference could lead to the calf or fawn being abandoned.
Dairy Wood will be closed for maintenance work from Tuesday 28 May to Friday 7 June.
The appearance of the Parkland today owes much to the ideas of the landscape architect Humphrey Repton (1752-1818) though there is evidence of habitation here during the Stone Age.
A deer park since 1290, Tatton's Parkland is now home to herds of Red and Fallow deer which roam freely in the wide open spaces. Rare breed Hebridean and Soay sheep have also been a feature here since 1887 and the 1930s respectively, and every season brings its own rich variety of birds and wildlife.
There are 2,000 acres of landscaped deer park, woodland, meres and farmland make up the Tatton estate of which 1,000 acres are open to the public for exploring by bike, on foot or on horseback.
The Ranger team are responsible for the care of the Parkland, including the Red and Fallow deer herds, Soay and Hebridean sheep and the conservation and upkeep of the woodland, meres and wetlands of the 2,000 acre estate
Meet the Ranger Team
The Ranger team, led by the Park Manager Phil Lucas, are responsible for maintaining and managing 2000 acres of mixed Parkland, 1000 acres of this is open to the public. This includes conservational habitat and improvement tasks. They manage the Red and Fallow deer, two flocks of rare breed sheep, about 50 hectares of water and 161 hectares of woodland including managing the SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and RAMSAR (an intergovernmental convention for the conservation of wetlands) sites. They manage an active volunteer group in addition to corporate and work experience schemes. They are also responsible for the security of the park, presentational maintenance and visitor support.
They regularly carry out educational events including parkland and wildlife walks. The team devised the Nature Trail booklet, which can be purchased at the attraction entrances or shops, featuring photographs taken exclusively by the team.
Why not book yourself onto one of our nature walks with the Rangers and find out more about our wildlife? We have a wide range of walks exploring areas of the Parkland which are not normally open to the public, as well as specialist walks to learn more about our diverse wildlife - everything from bats to birds to fungi! Please click here to visit our events listings for more information and to book.
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Things to remember during your visit to the Parkland
- DOGS ARE WELCOME IN THE PARKLAND, UNDER CLOSE CONTROL. Please see dog walkers guidelines here.
- BE TICK AWARE whenever you are outdoors enjoying the countryside.Please read our helpful tips on Ticks here (PDF 142KB).
- DEER RUTTING, Oct/Nov - Please keep your distance, Deer are wild animals and should not be approached, as they can act aggressively when disturbed.
- BLUE GREEN ALGAE Blue green algae has been detected in the Mere. Algal scum can develop rapidly. If you see any, avoid it and the water near it. Animals can be affected. Dog owners should ensure that dogs do not access the meres.
Become a Volunteer
Volunteer to get involved with the Ranger team's projects in Tatton's Parkland
- Gain experience
- Learn new skills
- Meet new people
For further information on volunteering, please contact the Ranger team: email@example.com or call 01625 374414
The work undertaken by all of our volunteers is extremely valuable and and much appreciated to the conservation of our parkland, allowing us to undertake a wide variety of tasks and projects.