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Summer 2015

A pair of Black Necked Grebes were a fantastic sight on Tatton Mere in early April. These rare birds were probably en route to a local breeding site which is their U.K. stronghold.  The resident pair of Egyptian Geese attempted to breed and laid eggs in a nest, but on inspection by Cheshire’s county bird recorder, it was found to have been predated. A pair of Goosander have also been seen regularly and are possibly breeding within the park. Other recent interesting sightings include Scaup, Garganey and Common Terns. Now is the time to look out for our summer visitors which include many warbler species as the woodlands at Tatton provide ideal habitat for them. Black Terns can sometimes be seen in summer on Tatton Mere resting on the buoys, especially after thunderstorms. Summer is the time that birds carry out the important task of rearing young, taking advantage of warmer weather, extended daylight hours and a plentiful food supply. A Barn Owl found dead in the park in April had a British Trust for Ornithology ring attached to its leg. The ring details were forwarded to the BTO and the report back showed that the bird was ringed in Alderley Edge in August 2014.

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Summer is calving time for the deer, most of which are born in the deer enclosure but some are born on the parkland. The mother ‘drops’ the calf or fawn from a standing position near to cover such as nettles or a fallen branch. She will leave it alone during the day and return to it at night to feed it. The calf has no scent which helps to protect it from predators and after about three days will be on its feet. It is important that visitors leave them alone. If they are tampered with the mother may reject them.

Now is the time to see  the varied amount of wildflowers, butterflies and dragonflies that are abundant at Tatton. Recently, a group of our volunteers undertook 2 days training to enable them to survey in detail the varied woodland compartments in Tatton. They will be listing the tree species and their dominance, glades, canopy cover, shrub and ground cover, invasive species, the presence of ponds, badger setts and any other interesting features or flora and fauna. A large part of the survey time will be spent establishing the quantity of dead wood within each compartment, both standing and lying – a feature which we are actively encouraging as it provides excellent habitat for invertebrates, birds, small mammals and bats. (See how to volunteer below)

Over the Summer months the ranger team will be running a series of guided walks. There will be deer walks enabling participants to take a closer look at calving season.  We also have ‘Boredom Busters’  activities during the school holidays and an ‘Out of Bounds’ walk too. All walks need to be pre-booked. See details & how to book here

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Free Parkland Explorer Booklet - Compiled by Tatton’s ranger team

Download your own copy of the Parkland Explorer Booklet (PDF, 1.5MB), designed by Tatton's Rangers!

Learn how to be an expert tracker, twitcher and observer of all the beautiful, natural elements of Tatton Park. This is a fantastic way for children and their families to explore the Parkland, with 16 pages of fun activities. The booklet can be downloaded here (link through to parkland explorer page). You can also pick up a free copy of this booklet.

Volunteering with the Rangers

For further information on volunteering, please contact the ranger team: mark.sills@cheshireeast.gov.uk or call 01625 374414 to chat to someone.

The work undertaken by all our volunteers is extremely valuable and much appreciated, allowing us to undertake a wide variety of tasks and projects.

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