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Nature

The position of the 40 acre estate, with its 9 acre pool, as an SSSI has been enhanced by the termination of gravel extraction in the Tame Valley. This was in 2008 and since then the area has been converted into an RSPB reserve, called Middleton Lakes. The Tame Valley has long been recognised as a passage route for Autumn migrations nd the Lakes are a good place to find the winter waders, often featuring rare species. The birds do not recognise our human boundaries and the Hall's estate has seen a good number of species recorded over the years.

The ground around the Midlands is not noted for its variety of wild flowers, as noted by the eminent naturalist, John Ray, who wrote the first ever scientific book on ornithology, and compiled the first significant catalogue of British plants, while living at the Hall. Nevertheless the plant record is of interest. Fungi of great variety also occur and there is a good selection of tree species. The distribution of these around the Hall gives an idea of how the parkland was laid out when the estate ran to over 3600 acres.

Butterflies and moths abound, many species of moths in particular have been recorded by specialist groups and are listed via the link. Other specialists may care to make a serious study of the acquatic creatures, among which there are the white clawed crayfish, common frogs, toads and newts as well as swan mussels and various water snails and beetles.

White clawed crayfish

The estate hosts the usual mammals, a good selection of roosting bats, and has an otter halt.

Long eared brown bats