Wildlife around the grounds of Middleton Hall

A disappointment this year has been the lack of winter visitors especially the Brambling.  Last year these birds were numerous on site, however, this year not one bird has been recorded.  This is most likely due to the relatively mild winter in comparison to last year.

Ian Hutton was recently working a weekend constructing our new putting course when he had the pleasure of witnessing a fox in the sheep field in broad daylight.  The fox seemed quite bold, trotting about in the field for a good 15 minutes.

February is always an exciting time of year with snowdrops flowering and trees showing buds, signifying the onset of spring.  Last year our garden team added to our already significant collection of bulbs and I am once again, like many residents, looking forward to their appearance. The alliums last year were my particular favourite.

In January I spotted a green woodpecker at the front of the estate, on a tree near the main entrance.  I hope this bird visits my garden when construction is complete.

Since the last newsletter Charlie Chapel has formed a wildlife group, open to all residents and staff.  A trip is planned for March to visit Saltholme Marsh – anybody interested please contact Charlie or ask at reception for further information.

David Richardson

Head of Operations