The storm that hit us on Wednesday 12th February brought winds
gusting up to 70mph. Unfortunately, damage was inevitable. Due to
the prolonged wet Winter and the saturated ground many trees were
uprooted, while others had their stem snapped or limbs torn off in
the violent winds. We lost over 30 mature trees. Where appropriate,
the timber will stay in-situ where it has fallen, creating
invaluable dead wood habitat for invertebrates.
Looking forward to Spring, it's often a
favourite season, the reasons for this are often linked to the
natural world. The awakening of nature after Winter stirs the
senses and resounds within us. This is the time that the deer cast
their antlers, the new ones begin to grow immediately. The Red Deer
are the first to lose them, the Fallow a little later. Spring is
also the time that they moult into their superb Summer coats.
The condition of the deer will now improve as
the Spring grass begins to grow and supplementary feeding can
finish. Spring wildflowers such as Bluebell, Coltsfoot and Marsh
Marigold (pictured) are a welcome sight and add colour to the
parkland. Tatton has a wide variety of plant species which in turn
provide food for many insect species.
The St Mark’s fly is named after St Mark’s
day, the 25th April, because this is when it emerges. It is on the
wing for just one week and then dies, it can be seen around
Hawthorn trees in great numbers. Brimstone are one of the first
butterflies on the wing and are unmistakable when they are
Migrant birds will now be arriving, the first
of which is usually the Sand Martin. Tatton Mere is a good place to
see them as they hawk for insects over the water. They are joined
later by Swallows and House Martins. Swifts are the last to arrive.
Warbler species will be arriving too, their varied and distinctive
calls bring the woodland alive. Now is the best time to listen to
the dawn chorus as birds call to attract a mate or to
proclaim ownership of a territory.
A Peregrine Falcon was seen frequently over
the Winter period and Egyptian Geese continue to be seen around the
meres. This is a feral species that is more commonly seen in East
Anglia. Mandarin ducks are also often being seen. Our resident
Ravens have been displaying and appear to be nesting again. They
nest early to coincide with lambing time thus providing food for
their hungry chicks.
Our two flocks of rare breed sheep will soon
be having their lambs. Both Hebridean (pictured) and Soay have
their lambs outside, unaided. The Hebridean can be seen grazing
near to the children’s play area and the Soays in the Ice Pond area
near the mansion. They were recently featured in an article in ‘The
Ark’, a magazine for members of The Rare Breeds Survival Trust.
Spring for the Farm means that it is soon
lambing season, read more about our Lambing Fortnight at the Farm,
Summer Deer Walks in 2014
Why not join our Rangers on one of our evening
Summer deer walks, taking place in June, It's a
perfect time of year and a great way to get out and about and
explore the parkland observing the deer in their natural
Call 01625 374428 to enquire or email firstname.lastname@example.org
(Booking in advance is essential, price includes park
Free Parkland Explorer Booklet - Compiled by Tatton’s ranger
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 i
Volunteering with the Rangers
For further information on volunteering,
please contact the ranger team on 01625 374414 or e-mail: TattonRangers@cheshireeast.gov.uk
The work undertaken by all our volunteers is
extremely valuable and much appreciated, allowing us to undertake a
wide variety of tasks and projects.