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Cycling in parkland by George Littler Autumn in the Parkland by Clemency West butterfly in parkland - Richard Dixon Anglers at Tatton by David Dukesell Beech Avenue by Adrian Bell Tatton Mere by David DukesellBeech Walk by Mark WilliamsonBellowing Deer on a misty morning, Mark WilliamsonDeer in front of the Mansion, Mark Williamson

Wildlife News

Spring 2014

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. Spring at Tatton

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 seen.

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.Lambing season at Tatton

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, click here.

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 habitat.

Call 01625 374428 to enquire or email tattoneducation@cheshireeast.gov.uk
(Booking in advance is essential, price includes park entry)

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 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.

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