Seen at Speke this month:
- Drifts of snowdrops in the woods
- A rather grand kestrel
- Some brave daffodils starting to appear above ground
- Lots of robins
Habitats - The Clough
This is an ancient woodland site, situated in a semicircle between the Hall and the River Mersey.
It was mentioned in the Domesday Survey of 1086, but has been clear-felled in the past and is now mostly sycamore with some native hardwood trees.
Trees from the Clough are said to have been used in the building of the Hall.
Habitats - Meadows
The original farmland that surrounded the gardens and hall has been converted to wildflower and wild grass meadows, with historic field boundaries reinstated.
They contain a good variety of native grasses and herbs. This creates an excellent habitat for invertebrates, butterflies and moths, mammals and birds.
Habitats - Stocktons Wood
Part of the original Speke Hall estate, the woodland has survived nearly 600 years intact. Originally heathland, with a scattering of hardwood trees, it now contains oak, birch and sycamore trees as well as rhododendron and bracken.
The wood has a richly diverse fauna and two very rare species of beetle are found here.