Wildlife

Bats

Speke is home to many bats, including Daubenton's and Brown Long Eared bats. They live inside the wall of one of our storerooms and are especially noisy during the summer when the youngsters are growing up.

Bees

We set up three hives in 2010 and 2011. The bees settled in so well that they produced honey straight away - it even won a prize at the National Honey Show. See them by the Kitchen Garden

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 semi-ancient woodland is a fantastic habitat for all kinds of wildlife © National Trust/Alex Muir

This semi-ancient woodland is a fantastic habitat for all kinds of wildlife

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

Poppies grow especially well in this soil © National Trust/Alex Muir

Poppies grow especially well in this soil

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

Stocktons Wood is stunning in spring but equally beautiful all year round © Andrew Butler

Stocktons Wood is stunning in spring but equally beautiful all year round

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.

I spy...

What will you spot? © National Trust/Alex Muir

What will you spot?

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.

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