Wildlife around the grounds of Middleton Hall
Great excitement around the Hall occurred in early spring when the resident pair of Moorhens decided to nest successfully on the newly constructed island. They have reared four chicks to date, with constant parental intervention required to keep the hungry crows at bay. Many of you have taken great pride in these moorhens, almost acting as second parents, waving off crows and slowing down traffic. You have also taken some lovely photos.
We all know spring is here when we look up into the sky and see the Swallows, Swifts, and House Martins. These little birds have returned from Africa to take up residence at the Hall with many of them using the roof eaves for nesting.
We have increased nest boxes around the grounds and these have been a great success, with twenty two pairs of Blue Tits and four pairs of Great Tits occupying the boxes.
Butterflies have been spotted again with numerous Speckled Woods, Orange Tips and one Comma being seen in March.
Rabbit damage seems to be down so far this spring. Perhaps this is due to the numerous foxes still present.
We are grateful for all wildlife sightings you come across – please keep reporting these. To make this easier we are creating a new position within the Estate team with a job title of Recreation Guide. His duties will be to increase activities around our site and local areas with weekly and monthly events occurring. He will include wildlife walks, butterfly/moth club, pond dipping, bird watching and many more activities to suit all tastes.