Cassiobury Park

Nature

beefsteak fungi in cassiobury park
beefsteak fungi in cassiobury park

Ancient trees

Cassiobury Park has a large number of mature and veteran trees, including a Cedar of Lebanon, which is over 100 years old, and several veteran Oaks. We will be launching our free printable tree trail map in the near future.

Woodland

About half of Cassiobury Park is wooded (the wooded area is also known as Whippendell woods).

Managing the park for wildlife

When trees die or branches fall we leave the wood in place if safe to do so, as it provides excellent homes for wildlife.

Wild flower meadow

Several areas of Cassiobury Park are left to grow as meadows during the summer and part of the community garden area was reseeded with a special wildflower mix in 2015.

Local nature reserve (LNR)

The area next to the river Gade has been designated as an LNR due to its value as a home for wildlife.

The area is maintained by volunteers from the Friends of Cassiobury Park, the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust and TCV Green Gym.

Watch Lesley Davies, Chief Executive of the Trust, talk about our LNR:

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

The Whippendell woods is a SSSI due to the fact it has never been continuously wooded for hundreds of years and contains rare species of plants and fungi.

The River Gade runs through Cassiobury Park

It is full of aquatic life including fish.


Species list

Please let us know if you have anything to add to this list, email: cassiobury@watford.gov.uk

Trees

  • Oak
  • Cedar of Lebanon
  • Sweet Chestnut
  • Cherry
  • Lime
  • Silver Birch
  • Scotts Pine
  • Beech
  • Leyland Cyprus
  • Sycamore
  • Field Mapel
  • Hawthorn
  • Blackthorn
  • Hazel
  • Ash
  • Rowan
  • Wild 'spitter' apples

Other plants

  • Daffodil
  • Tulip
  • Azaleas
  • Bluebells
  • Dogs Mercury
  • Celandine
  • Ragged Robin
  • Crane's-bill
  • Clover
  • Bramble
  • Ivy
  • Nettles
  • Bracken
  • Coralroot Bittercress
  • Himalayan Balsam
  • Wild Strawberry
  • Wild Raspberry
  • Watercress
  • Flag Iris
  • Dogwood
  • Musk Mallow
  • Lesser Periwinkle
  • Grass Vetchling
  • Twayblade
  • Violet Helleborine
  • Buttercups
  • Violets
  • Vetches
  • Speedwells

Please do not pick the flowers.

Fungi

  • Shaggy Ink Cap
  • Blewit
  • Scarlet Fly Cap
  • Boletus Edulis (Cep)
  • Stinking Parasol
  • King Alfred's Cakes
  • Bracket Fungus

Birds

  • Jay
  • Parakeet
  • Buzzard
  • Bullfinch
  • Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
  • Mallard
  • Moorhen
  • Coot
  • Herron
  • Kingfisher
  • Little Egret
  • Nuthatch
  • Crow
  • Blue Tit
  • Long Tailed Tit
  • Goldfinch
  • Thrush
  • Black Headed Gull
  •  

Mammals

  • Pipistrelle Bat
  • Long Eared Bat
  • Daubenton’s Bat
  • Muntjac Deer
  • Grey Squirrel
  • Fox
  • Field Mouse
  • Mole
  • Badger
  • Rat
  • Water Vole
  • Vole
  • Shrew

If you see anything not on this list we'd love to know. Especially if you manage to get a photo of it email cassiobury@watford.gov.uk

 

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