Nature and wildlife

Cassiobury Park and Whippendell Wood

There are a variety of habitats including:

  • River Gade, Grand Union canal, chalk streams, reedbeds, ditches, springs, ponds and watercress beds. There is also wetland and carr (wet) woodland.
  • Acid grassland
  • Veteran trees
  • Semi-ancient woodland
Wildlife

Mammals

Common and Soprano Pipistrelle bats; Water Shrew

Birds

Little Owl; Tawny Owl; Song Thrush; Green Woodpecker; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Lesser Spotted Woodpecker; Grey Heron; Moorhen; Swan; Kingfisher; Grey Wagtail; Teal; Green Sandpiper; Water Rail; Mallard; Blackcap; Chiffchaffs; House Martin; Swallow; Swift; Snipe; Redwing; Fieldfare; Mandarin Duck; Egret

Reptiles

Grass Snake; Common Lizard

Amphibians

Frogs; Toads; Smooth Newt; Great Crested Newt

Fish and molluscs

Swan Mussel; Nerite; Bullhead

Insects

Banded Demoiselle and Southern Hawker dragonflies; Marbled White butterfly

Trees

Oak; Ash; Beech; Sycamore; Hazel; Cedar of Lebanon; Redwood; Lime; Silver Birch; Sweet Chestnut; Horse Chestnut

Plants

Water Crowfoot; Common Water Starwort; Water Plantain; Celery-leaved Buttercup; Bluebells

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