The park's newest resident

The parks newest resident has just been spotted in the park. It is a small brown deer that was seen by a local resident (Helen) who was walking her dog. She watched it for 5 or so minutes while it was grazing in the area of former prefab housing, adjacent to the health centre on Dad’s Lane. Given the description it is likely to be Muntjac Deer. These are surprisingly common around the city, and all though not native, they do not cause a lot of damage. In high numbers they are a pest to woodlands though.

The probably species involved, Reeves Muntjac (Muntiacus reevesi), was introduced into the UK in Woburn Safari Park in 1926. It is now found everywhere and is thought to be the commonest species in England, recently extending its range up to the Scottish borders and into Wales. They are surprising confiding species and not too concerned by humans. Keep your eyes peeled.

A Muntjac deer (copyright Pratheepps) used under the Wiki-images license.

New Wildlife blog and free nature resources for download

We have added a new blog to wildlife pages and draw your attention to the Woodland Trust’s wildlife initiatives for exploring nature and photography:

Use their nature exploration packs for natural play around Cannon Hill and River Rea Linear Parks: Over a thousand free activity sheets to use in woods and at home. Guaranteed fun for young people and families throughout the year. Or why not take out the camera and join in with their volunteer photography scheme? With dappled sunlight and fresh morning dew, Cannon Hill and River Rea Linear Parks have great places to take pictures. Add your thoughts and photos and help us inspire everyone about woodland, wild life, wildflower plants, gardens, rivers and pools.

Lastly, there are a suite of new identification guides for download for the National OPAL website. These are very useful guides to a range of wildlife. Oh and don’t forget iSpot!

New sound gallery now available

We have just created a new gallery of sound. There are not very many files available at the moment, but we have uploaded a range of the common bird songs heard in the park. We will be adding more as we get good quality recordings.


New Wildlife Blog on the pages

Check out the new Wildlife Blog on the site. See here.