Our work in the garden and on the estate at Speke Hall
Speke Hall is home to a world of precious flora and fauna, and we want to make sure that it’s a haven that allows them to thrive. Throughout the year National Trust rangers and volunteers work in the garden, conducting everything from everyday maintenance to wildlife surveys or building homes for bees and bats.
Planting trees and wildflowers
The National Trust is breathing new life into the orchard by planting a new wildflower meadow amongst the fruit trees in the style of a traditional English orchard.
In spring 2022, we planted thousands of trees to create a new woodland on the estate in partnership with The Mersey Forest. This will further meet our target to increase priority habitats at Speke.
We're also planting more wildflowers as well as trees and bulbs across the wider estate to diversify our habitats even more, making Speke a great place to live for all wildlife.
From the hidden delights of the Secret Garden to the row upon row of colour in the Kitchen Garden, Speke Hall is filled with beautiful flowers. Daffodils, bluebells, rhododendrons... and so much more.
Wildlife counts and surveys
While it's not hard to spot Speke's bustling wildlife, we want to know exactly what species live here and how many there are.
By carrying out counts and surveys of everything from wildflowers to birds, we’re able to paint a clearer picture of how well nature is thriving here and whether any of these species might need a helping hand from us.
Typical species of butterfly you'll spot at Speke include peacocks, red admirals and small tortoiseshells, amongst others. They particularly enjoy wildflowers, ivy and holly.
There are plenty of feathered friends that call Speke Hall home, from swallows and swifts to robins and goldfinches.
If you spot any interesting birds or wildlife while you're here, be sure to let us know. The Speke Garston Coastal Reserve or the Bund path are perfect places to watch birdlife thriving on the banks of the River Mersey.
Introducing more wildlife homes
We all deserve somewhere comfortable to live, and to ensure Speke's wildlife have more places to sleep and rest we're adding even more 'homes' across the estate for birds, bats and bugs. They'll be safe and secure, giving these species the best chance possible to thrive at Speke.
You're likely to spot bees enjoying many of the colourful flowers in Speke's gardens, including cuckoo bees, honey bees and wild bees. Near the Kitchen Garden, we look after several hives crucial to Speke's ecosystem.
Often hidden from visitors, there are a variety of bats that call Speke home, including pipistrelles, noctules and Daubenton's bats. Look up and you may spot a bat box or two in the trees.
With your ongoing support, we're able to continue our vital conservation work. Thank you for helping to protect these special places.
From peaceful strolls through colourful borders, to adventures in the woodland and spotting wildlife in the secret garden, there's plenty of seasonal joy to find at Speke Hall.
Dogs on leads are welcome to explore most areas of Speke Hall's grounds. Find out where you can go with your dog, what facilities are available to them and other important information at this two pawprint rated place.
Discover the hall's fascinating objects and architectural features online and learn about the Norris family’s dangerous life under Elizabethan rule.
Read about our strategy 'For everyone, for ever' here at the National Trust, which will take the organisation through to 2025.