Nature conservation and Meres
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 are dedicated SSSI (Site of Special Scientific
Interest) and RAMSAR sites 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.
Wildlife thrives within the 500 acres of woodland. Mammals can
be found here, badgers and foxes are common. Four 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
The parkland changes with the seasons so there is much to
appreciate and enjoy throughout the year.
NEW: Copies of the Nature Trail leaflet are
available from Tatton's Gift and Garden shops in the Stableyard and
Knutsford entrance gate. The trail follows the 1 hour walk to
the area of parkland round the Old Hall and back again. On the way
look out for plants, birds and animals which are shown in the
leaflet. It offers easy walking on level ground and is suitable for
families with older children and for adults. There is an additional
30 minute loop round Melchett Mere, which is also marked in the
The Nature Trail costs £1 and proceeds from the sale of the
booklets go to the Tatton Park Trust to raise funds for its