Sightseeing was one of the favorite activities of the hotel guests, and not just because of the beauty of the topography. Experiencing the diverse animal wildlife around Cheshire is really an amazing experience.
Some of the birds to see are incredible. The pintail ducks are one my favorite birds. The male being more striking than the female, he has a white breast area and dark brown head. He has slight yellow highlights on his back end with a long tail. While still beautiful, the female is not quite as stunning and looks like a dark mallard duck. You will see plenty of the pintail in the larger estuaries like the Dee during the colder winter months.
My second favorite bird is the Oystercatcher. The complimentary orange, black and white colors make this bird something amazing to see. They have a long orange beak as you can see from the photo, and a chunky torso. Their white breast contrasts fabulously with their upper black body and orange/pinkish legs. The oystercatcher usually can be found hanging around and feeding on the estuary shorelines.
I can go on and on about the birds of Cheshire! But I would like to tell you about some of the other wildlife around the hotel.
Lyme park is one of the historic gardens and moorland areas of Cheshire. It’s grounds cover 1,100 acres of absolutely incredible scenic views. As for the wildlife in the park, the deer were always a guest favorite animal to observe.
The most abundant deer species was the Red Deer. It’s one of the larger deer species in Europe. And the Red Stag (male) is my favorite with it’s long and branching antlers.
You could catch this beautiful animal in action mostly in the early morning and evening, so most guests who would want to observe these deer would be up bright & early at dawn (and might I mention our hotel staff always had a special early morning breakfast for our early rising hotel guest sightseers!)
We would always tell the guest to observe and photograph the deer from a distance, especially during the rutting season, as they would roar and groan and could be particularly aggressive.
One particular hotel experience that sticks in my mind was when a couple from the United States came to stay at the hotel. They had just been married and were spending their honeymoon here, touring much of the UK, and had stayed at the hotel for two nights on their journey. Their names escape me right now, but the man was a veterinarian and the woman owned a mobile dog grooming business and they were going to combine their businesses after they got back to the US.
Anyway, they went to observe the deer in Lyme Park and it was rutting season at the time. The gentleman being a veterinarian, was a little more brave than most observers and got within 8 feet of a stag. The stag growled and charged him and from what they told me missed him by only two meters!
Please email me with any questions or let me know your experiences with wildlife in the Cheshire area>