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Tarbock Hall Woodlands

Most paths are unsurfaced with some steep gradients.

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Tarbock Hall features on Saxton's map of Lancashire in 1577, although parts of the hall are believed to be fifteenth century in origin. It was surrounded by a 'moat' which was still very prominent on the Tithe map drawn up in 1847, although three sides were reported to have been filled in by the turn of the twentieth century.

The former grounds of the hall are now partly covered by many hectares of woodland, some of which is mature. The rest was planted around the turn of the twenty-first century.

Amongst the bird species to be encountered are several which have shown a national decline but which continue to hang on in this area. Tree sparrows and yellowhammer still sing along the hedgerows and barn owls haunt the fields alongside the Manchester to Liverpool rail line. Look out for a flash of blue along the brooks and streams in the area for the regular glimpse of a kingfisher. By the side of Ochre Brook near to Dacre's Bridge Lane lies one of the best butterfly sites in Merseyside with a large colony of common blue thriving on a south facing bank. The public footpath along Ox Lane passes between banked hedgerows where during summer months whitethroat sing from the tops of the hawthorn and goldcrest flit in and out the hedge. There are several areas where wildflower meadows have been created and which attract flocks of finches to the area.

Photo © Alan Vernon