Fauna

Fauna of a woodland

Bluebell Wood supports a wide range of fauna including Mammals, birds, insects, reptiles and amphibians, which is remarkable considering the nearest permanent pond is probably 1.5-2 miles away.

The most obvious fauna are mammals and birds. There are roe deer, badgers, foxes, bank voles, dormice, and grey squirrels. Of these you are most likely to see grey squirrels, and possibly deer if you are quiet and keep dogs and children close to you. There are also a lot of birds including blackbirds, thrushes, blue, great and long tailed tits, several finches and warblers. We have tawny owls, buzzards and other large birds. You may see butterflies in the summer, particularly speckled wood, red admiral, peacock, small tortoiseshell and perhaps silver washed fritillary.

By maintaining a range of habitats we hope to attract invertebrates which in their turn will attract other animals.

As more work is carried out within the woodland we hope to understand more about the ecological inhabitants of this beautiful woodland and to work with not against nature.

It is our policy to leave dead wood habitats where they pose no threat to the public. We therefore ask that you help us in this by leaving dead wood for the fauna of the woodland. Removal of any timber from the woodland is theft.