Our luxury lodges are set within a wildlife rich, woodland clearing on the side of a hill with far reaching views of the surrounding Cheshire countryside. Here at Stoneyfold Park, residents are encouraged to place bird feeders and food scraps outside their lodge verandas, so that they can be rewarded with a fantastic spectacle of many different species of wildlife.
Due to the woodland setting of the park, it is not uncommon to view badgers, foxes and rabbits during dawn and dusk, whilst travelling along the drive way to your lodge. During the day there is an abundance of grey squirrels and bird life, with the most striking of birds to visit the park being the Great Spotted Woodpecker, which can often be heard and seen amongst the trees surrounding the lodges.
You might also see other birds such as Woodcock, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Crossbill, Treecreeper and even Pheasants; we have a regular cock pheasant who is always calling to mark his territory!
Stoneyfold is also renowned for the wild deer that wander onto the park woodland and can be seen regularly on the banks behind the lodges. A stroll up the tracks on the forty acres of land behind the lodges in the early morning or late evening is often rewarded with a glimpse of the beautiful Red deer. In addition to the many species of wildlife at the park, not too far away is Trentabank Nature Reserve, situated in the heart of Macclesfield Forest.
Stoneyfold is also renowned for the wild deer that wander onto the park woodland
Trentabank Nature Reserve
Trentabank Nature Reserve lies within Macclesfield Forest near Langley, approximately a 15 minute drive from Stoneyfold Park. The reservoir, which comprises the majority of the site, was formed by damming the valleys of several streams running from the surrounding hills. It forms part of the water supply for the town of Macclesfield and was opened on the 2nd October 1929.
A large heronry exists on its northerly shoreline and can be observed from the road boundary at the lay-by provided. The Heronry has a video camera monitoring system installed in it to monitor heron breeding/nesting activity, which is linked into the Ranger Centre and can be watched by visitors during opening times.
The RSPB website says that other birds which may be seen at any time of the year include the following: great crested grebe, Canada goose, mallard, teal, tufted duck, kestrel, pheasant, moorhen, coot, black-headed gull, woodpigeon, pied wagtail, wren, goldcrest, robin, blackbird, songthrush, treecreeper, linnet, chaffinch, greenfinch, goldfinch, and blue, great and coal tits.