Seen at Speke this month:
- Lots of nesting birds
- Greenery everywhere - the rain is doing the gardens good!
- Roses just coming into the bloom in the rose garden
- Pesky jackdaws - watch out for them as you enter the hall!
- Many, many bunnies.
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.
With my little eye, something beginning with B...
Birds, of course!
When you're walking across the orchard, why not stop for a few minutes and check out our new bird hide? Let us know what types of bird you've seen on the feeding tables and we'll add them to the list.