We managed to get a fair number of responses which gave us a lovely snapshot of some of our wildlife around Henbury.
Everyone who completed the survey reported seeing rabbits and squirrels on a regular basis – no surprises there, with a few people reporting hedgehogs , foxes and field mice in addition. Reflecting the large number of ponds in the area, toads, frogs and bank voles got a mention as well. Moles were mentioned by several people as regular visitors, notably NOT in the "favourites" section!
We noted that there are obviously some keen bird-watchers in our community with some people providing extensive lists. It paints a fascinating picture of the diversity of bird-life in Henbury. Those reported as frequent visitors included:
Blackbird, thrush, blue/ great/coal/and longtail tits, dunnock, chaffinch, goldfinch, nuthatch, woodpecker and greater-spotted woodpecker, wood pigeon, magpie, crow, buzzard, ring dove, robin, wren, goldcrest, pheasant, greenfinch, treecreeper, sparrows, jackdaws, red-legged partridge. One respondent regularly sees a kestrel near the school.
For the question on the most unusual wildlife, responses included: weasel, nuthatch, long tail tits, newt and stoat (albeit not recently).
Finally, we asked people to tell us their wildlife favourites. Those mentioned included rabbits, barn owl, greater-spotted woodpecker, tawny owl, wren and woodpecker. Hedgehogs were mentioned by several people, with one person telling us they saw one last week, for the first time in years.
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