Many bird species
migrate to Tatton for the winter. Redwing and Fieldfare have
arrived here from Scandinavia to exploit the food supply of berries
available. A group of fourteen Whooper Swans ( pictured right) were
seen on Melchett Mere in October, they are rather unusual visitors
The group of Egyptian Geese that have
taken up residency here can still be seen near to the Ice Pond
opposite the Mansion. Another introduced species, the Mandarin
Duck, can also often been seen. Barn Owls have had a good year in
Cheshire and we suspect that they have bred here, although they
haven’t used any of the several boxes we have erected for them.
There are plenty of natural holes in trees within the park for them
The National Tree Register is updated every 10
years to accurately record champion trees (for largest height/
girth) in the UK. Estate team volunteers have worked
enthusiastically to detail and record all possible candidates of
various species within the 2000 acre estate. The information has
been submitted to the Tree Register and we will wait to see if any
of Tatton’s impressive trees have been awarded regional or national
championship status! This has been done in addition to recording
ancient and notable trees and compiling information on the 3
historic tree avenues.
Winter is a quiet time for bats. Mating has
taken place in the autumn, but the process of “delayed
implantation” means that pregnancy will not begin until late
spring. Because of the shortage of insect prey bats will conserve
their energy over the winter. To achieve this they need somewhere
with a constant low temperature and will use deep holes in trees.
We are hopeful that the South Lancashire Bat Group will continue
with their successful survey next year.
They have plans to do radio tracking of
individual bats and also to advise us on the best locations for
some new bat boxes and help us install them.
The rut has now finished and it seems to have
gone well; We only lost one stag through injury. The deer herds
will now be fed daily by the ranger team throughout the winter
months to ensure that they maintain condition. Luckily, it has been
a superb grass growing year and the reduced amount of grazing by
sheep during the summer months has left a good supply for the deer.
In addition to carrots, the deer will also be fed with haylage. The
deer now have their thicker winter coats, the hairs of which are
hollow. These trap warm air and provide good insulation
during the colder months.
The rangers will be running various activities
during winter. In January we team up with the Knutsford
Ornithological Society for our annual “Wildfowl Watch” at the Allen
Hide. This is a free drop-in session to learn about all aspects of
bird watching and a chance to “ask an expert”. We also have a deer
walk (including light lunch) and several deer feed/trailer rides
planned. These provide a great opportunity to get a close look at
the deer and learn more about their fascinating behaviour.
Please visit Events
Page for dates and booking enquires.
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