Much of the estate is made up of open parkland.
Towards the edges of the park you can find woodland areas, some of which are ancient.
We have two areas of open water habitat with geese, frogs and dragonflies among others.
If you look carefully you can also find areas of scrubland and hedgerow habitats.
We've recently undergone a detailed habitat survey so we can make plans to improve our habitats.<...
Beautiful broad-leaved and mixed plantation woodland can be found around the edges of the park. Oak, ash, beech, sweet chestnut and birch are all found here. Sections of this area, around Little-Wix and Great-Wix woods, are ancient woodland with oak trees dating back over 300 years.
These trees provide excellent habitat for a range of birds including all three types of woodpecker, for ten out of the seventeen species of bat found in the UK and for many common woodland mammals.
The woodland floor is home to wildflowers throughout the year with wood anemones, primroses, white helleborines and a vast carpet of bluebells in the spring.
The wildflower meadow sits on an area of unimproved chalk grassland. The meadow is cut twice a year, in March to allow the flowers to stay ahead of the grass and in October once the last have died away. The grass is collected to avoid nutrients re-entering the soil because wildflowers prefer poor soil conditions.
In early spring cowslips are the first flowers to appear. The meadow reaches a peak in summer with three types of orchid, bird’s foot trefoil, field scabious, devils bit scabious and lady’s bedstraw. As the year comes to a close autumn brings a lot of red clover – an important end of year nectar source for bumble bees.
Wildflowers and wildlife
This meadow is important for a wide variety of insects including butterflies, moths and bumble bees. It will in turn attract a range of birds with excellent potential for reptiles such as grass snakes.
These areas of the park have been left with little management intervention.
The grass is managed by grazing cattle making the parkland more attractive to plants and insects....
These areas are scattered with oaks and sweet chestnuts as well as the occasional ash.
On some parkland trees you'll see nesting boxes, designed to make life easier for our owl populat...
Dead wood habitat
Throughout the woodland and parkland the trunks of dead trees are left standing, where it is safe to do so. This dead wood can become important habitat for invertebrates such as beetles. This type of habitat is also excellent for fungi.
Dead wood invertebrates
After a survey in 2001 it was discovered that Hatchlands was home to a number of rare and nationally scarce species including various types of fly, beetles, woodworms, ants and wasps.
Area of national importance
This survey identified Hatchlands as an area of national importance, one of the top ten sites in England according to the Index of Ecological Continuity and in the top three dead wood sites in Surrey.