A SPECIAL event in the gardens at Tatton Park is celebrating Cheshire’s wildlife with an open-air gallery of artworks by Nicky Thompson, presented by Mid Cheshire Community Rail Partnership.

Gallery in the Gardens runs from October 3 to November 15, and offers the chance to explore 50 acres of gardens and discover wildlife through 1930s-inspired art.

Pick up a wildlife brochure and trail sheet, included with your entry ticket, and immerse yourself in the art trail with activities and information on wildlife found in Cheshire.

Tatton’s gardens and parkland provide a natural habitat for a variety of wildlife, many of which you will learn about on the art trail.

Use the map to discover all 12 illustrations, including the red deer, barn owl and fox.

A Tatton Park spokesman said: “This autumn’s deer rut and the arrival and departure of migratory birds are happening as normal at Tatton Park.

“The deer rut is when red deer stags bellow and clash antlers, and fallow deer bucks posture for territory in an age-old bid to win mating rights in their herd.

“Please witness the thrill of this natural event from a safe distance, as the deer can behave aggressively if you venture too close.

“Tatton Park’s meres are a popular stop-off point for migrating birds as they head back to Africa for the winter.

“They’re also a destination at this time of year for birds journeying down to escape harsher winters in Scandinavia. Look out for hobbies, redwing and fieldfare.

“Spending more time in our gardens doesn’t just keep us busy; it’s great for mental health too.

“A trip to Tatton Park’s gardens this autumn can help you find a sense of wellbeing and a chance to marvel at the changing leaves and layers of colour.

“Enjoy seasonal displays of pumpkins and other vegetables from the Walled Kitchen Gardens and trees in the Orchards laden with apples and pears.

“The culinary squashes are also used in seasonal dishes in the restaurants at Tatton Park.”

Tickets must be pre-booked at tattonpark.org.uk to visit the gardens, farm and mansion.