Moors Valley has a mixture of habitats including coniferous forest, deciduous woodland, lakes, ponds, rivers, meadow and heathland which in turn support a huge variety of wildlife.
The Moors River and Lakes are important habitats for wildlife. Resident birds on the lakes include Grey Herons and Great Crested Grebes as well as Mallards and Mute Swans. Tufted Ducks, Pochard and Teal are just some of our winter visitors. Over 20 species of dragonfly and damselflies (around half of those native to the UK) can be spotted during the summer months.
The Forest is the place for reptiles with adders, slow worms and common lizards often seen. It also provides a summer home for the Nightjar, a nocturnal bird with a passion for moths and an unmistakable churring call.
Most mammals are harder to see, grey squirrels and rabbits being the exceptions. Roe Deer, Badger, Bats and a variety of small mammals live at the park but are most active early in the morning or around dusk. Following our successful water vole re-introduction programme, you may be lucky enough to spot some of our resident water voles along Moors or Crane River.
Throughout the summer months you will be able to see wildflowers along the path edges including Comfrey, Ragged Robin, Bluebells and Purple Loosestrife. They in turn help attract many butterflies, moths and other insects.
Later in the year it is the trees that hold the attention; the Dog Woods and Maples especially give an excellent display of autumn colours and a great number of toadstools and other fungi can be seen on the woodland floor.
For more in depth look at what wildlife to look out for throughout the year, select the tabs for the relevant month.
We have been recording wildlife sightings from both visitors and Rangers for over 10 years. If you spot some interesting wildlife in the Country Park or Forest we would love to hear about it. Photos are also very welcome so as a reward any that we select to use on our website will earn you a Moors Valley complimentary parking pass!