Wildlife around the grounds of Middleton Hall

August 2011

The residents favourite, the Moorhens, managed to rear 4 chicks this spring and then went on to bring up a second successful brood using the same nest on the island.  Interestingly, this second batch of chicks were aided by the first brood juveniles who helped keep potential predators at bay.

Charlie Chapel’s new role of Recreation guide is well underway now with regular weekly trips being organised for all services.  Charlie was the victim of his own success last week.  After setting the moth trap one night, he returned the next morning to find he had in excess of one hundred moths to identify!

A concern raised by many residents so far this year is the lack of butterflies on site, especially evident now with so few visiting the flowering buddleias as compared to last year. This blip has been noted nationally.

In recent weeks a rather large hedgehog has been frequently seen in the area around Middleton Woods main entrance; however no others have been reported.

Reports of unusual sightings from the bird hide have been limited in the last month or so, mainly due to birds focusing on nesting and rearing young.  In spite of this an unconfirmed sighting of a Green Woodpecker was made by Mr David Holt and Charlie, on a recent visit to the hide.

I have seen these birds on site before, but all previously near the main drive. The call is quite unusual being very similar to loud laughter.