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Wildlife & Plantlife at the Reserve

The Reserve is quite small in size, but it has variety of habitats where wildlife can flourish. The damp woodland areas are especially valuable because these areas are becoming rare as much of the countryside is managed, drained and ‘tidied up’.

Over ninety different types of bird have been recorded in, or flying over, the Reserve and about thirty types of bird breed every year. Listen out for Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming on dead trees in the Spring, or Nuthatches calling from around Donington Pool. In Summer, Blackcaps fill the woods with their song. These warblers arrive from Africa and are joined by other migrants such as the Chiffchaff.  More spectacularly, Common Buzzards can often be seen over the Reserve, or roosting in the tallest trees.

To see the current list of birds recorded on the Reserve, click here.

Plant life is varied too, with a good variety of woodland and wetland species to be found. Look out for the purple spIkes of Foxgloves on the banks in Spring and the Yellow Flag Iris by the Pool side. Insects, including a variety of different dragonflies, make use of the area and the list of moths and butterflies is growing all the time, with nearly two hundred varieties being recorded.

To see the current list of moths and butterflies recorded on the Reserve, click here.

To see the current list of plants recorded on the Reserve, click here.

Grey Squirrels use the woodland area. Moles and Rabbits live in St. Cuthbert’s Meadow. Foxes and Badger also can be found and on Summer nights look out for Pipistrelle and Daubenton’s Bats.

• Donnington Pool
• St. Cuthbert's Meadow

Butterflies and Moths
• March 2012

• August 2011

• An Introduction

• June 2012