Wildlife at the reserve

A wide range of habitats

The reserve is home to a wide range of wildlife. The following species have all been spotted during the day-to-day activities at the reserve or as part of environmental surveys.


The birds have been recorded at the Reserve and adjacent area since 2004 by Tim Lait. The butterflies have mainly been recorded by Steeple Woods Project Group member Patricia Frank.

Butterflies

  • Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary
  • Holly Blue
  • Green Veined White
  • Speckled Wood
  • Large White
  • Small Skipper
  • Painted Lady
  • Dark Green Fritillary (seen on the border of the reserve)
  • Green Hairstreak
  • Common Blue
    • Comma
    • Orange Tip
    • Ringlet
    • Meadow Brown
    • Red Admiral
    • Small Tortoiseshell
    • Small Copper
    • Large Skipper
    • Clouded Yellow

    Dragonflies

    • Large Emperor
    • Gold Ringed
    • Broad Bodied Chaser

    Resident Birds

    Regular visitors or occur most years.
    • Blackbird
    • Blackcap
    • Black headed gull
    • Blue tit
    • Bullfinch
    • Buzzard
    • Chiffchaff
    • Coal tit
    • Collared dove
    • Crow
    • Cuckoo
    • Curlew
    • Dunnock
    • Fieldfare
    • Firecrest
    • Goldcrest
    • Goldfinch
    • Great spotted woodpecker
    • Great tit
    • Greenfinch
    • Green woodpecker
    • Herring gull
    • House martin (flying over)
    • House sparrow
    • Jackdaw
    • Jay
    • Kestrel
    • Long tailed tit
    • Magpie
    • Meadow pipit
    • Mistle thrush
    • Nuthatch
    • Peregrine (flying over)
    • Pied wagtail
    • Raven (mainly flying over)
    • Redwing
    • Robin
    • Rook
    • Sand martin (flying over)
    • Song thrush
    • Sparrow hawk
    • Starling
    • Stonechat
    • Swift (flying over)
    • Swallow (flying over)
    • Tawny owl
    • Whitethroat
    • Willow warbler
    • Whimbrel (most years)
    • White wagtail
    • Woodcock (most years)
    • Wood pigeon
    • Wren

    Migrant Birds

    Occasional visitors or only spotted on a few occasions.
    • Black redstart
    • Brambling
    • Canada Goose (flying over)
    • Cormorant (flying over);
    • Fulmar (flying over);
    • Garden warbler
    • Golden plover (flying over)
    • Grey wagtail
    • Grey plover (flying over)
    • Linnet
    • Merlin (flying over)
    • Nightjar
    • Pied flycatcher
    • Ring plover (flying over)
    • Short eared owl (flying over)
    • Siskin
    • Skylark
    • Snipe
    • Spotted flycatcher
    • Wheatear
    • Wryneck
    • Yellow wagtail
    • Yellow browed warbler

    Animals

    • Rabbits (lots of them!)
    • Foxes
    • Grey Squirrel
    • Badgers
    • Hedgehogs
    • Roe Deer

    Reptiles

    • Adders (they are very shy!)
    • Common Frog
    • Smooth Newt
    • Common Lizard
    • Common Toad

    Plants

    We also have 18 species of Liverwort and 52 species of Moss.
    • Fox Glove
    • Heath Spotted Orchid
    • European Gorse
    • Western Gorse
    • Common Nettle
    • Large Flowering Evening Primrose
    • Buddleia
    • Honeysuckle
    • Atlantic Ivy
    • Bracken

    Trees

    • Holly
    • Scots Pine
    • Silver Birch
    • Downy Birch (mostly planted by volunteers)
    • Sycamore
    • Turkey Oak
    • Ash (pre-existing species)
    • Beech
    • Oak
    • Hazel
    • Rowan
    • Hawthorn
    • Alder
    • Elder
    • Blackthorn
    Dark Green Fritillary
    Dark Green Fritillary
    Common Blue
    Common Blue
    Green Hairstreak
    Green Hairstreak
    Meadow Brown
    Meadow Brown