09November

Wildlife

In spring and summer the reserve is full of Meadow Cranesbill and Meadowsweet, with some Primroses, Cowslips, and later  Knapweed and masses of Purple Loosestrife and Willowherb.  Teasels provide nectar for many butterflies particularly Brimstone in the Spring and Tortoiseshells later in the summer

Small Skipper butterflies and occasional common blues are found among the grasses.

There are many other insects to be seen and the reserve is a good place to see at lease 12 species of dragonflies and damselflies throughout the summer, some even visible until November on a sunny day. We are pleased to host a large population of the uncommon White-legged Damselfly and Scarce Chaser Dragonfly

68 species of birds have been recorded.  In winter the teasels are popular with goldfinches

There is evidence of moles, badgers and foxes travelling through.

Occasional mammal trapping has found Wood mice, Bank voles and Common and the rarer water shrews, who need snails worms and spiders.

Grass snakes and slow-worms also live here, but these, like the small mammals avoid people and are difficult to see.

Pipistrelle bats and Daubenton’s bats can be seen on summer nights - mainly along the river Avon.