These are some of our native species.


We are quite confident that we have two species of newt; the Palmate (Lissotriton helveticus) and the Common or Smooth newt (Lissotriton vulgaris). We can only be sure that we have photos of the male Palmate newt, due to the fact that they show a tail filament which the Common newt does not have. Other newts that we have seen and photographed may be the female Palmate newt (no tail filament) or the female Common newt as they can be easily misidentified. As yet we do not think we have spotted a male Common newt unless it was in an earlier stage of development which would make it harder to identify.

Our frog population is growing, as apart from our pond, we have plenty of damp and boggy ground for them to inhabit. The only identified species so far is the Common frog (Rana temporaria) although we got very excited a couple of years ago when we found what we thought was a new species. It was in fact a very rare imported Chinese species (of toy frog), which may have been discarded by one of the younger visitors to the centre many years ago. Also found occasionally is the Common toad (Bufo bufo), although these tend to be more elusive.


There has in the last couple of years been an explosion in the Rabbit  (Oryctolagus cuniculus) population. They especially like our site as there is plenty of cover for them and they have an abundance of food. Their main predator is most likely the Stoat (Mustela erminea) which we have only managed to spot once as they can move like lightning. They are sometimes confused with Weasels, but a stoat has a black tip to the tail, which was a definite feature of the animal we saw. Another predator of the rabbit which we know to be on site somewhere, is the Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes). Yet again, we have only had one sighting. 

We believe that there are Badgers (Meles meles) in the area, but have not witnessed them first hand. There are reliable reports that they are around but we are happy for them to remain hidden as they are under threat.  

Finally, although not seen on Woodlands View land, there are Roe Deer (Capreolus capreolus). These have been seen once or twice over in Midgelden Wood.

Animal life that we have not already captured photographs of will be added to the gallery below.