Wildlife of Priory Park

Priory Park is a haven for wildlife.

The sound of the Woodpecker can be heard during spring and summer and you may see majestic Buzzards, which nest in the park, circling in the sky overhead.

If you are lucky, you may see a small deer called a muntjac. They tend to be very shy around humans and will run away.

There are many rabbits and their burrows are found in numerous locations.

At dusk, look out for the nocturnal residents of Priory Park. Tawny Owls and red foxes hunt while pipistrelle and noctule bats flit around the night sky.

To help our wildlife, there are 23 bird boxes, three bat boxes and one Tawny Owl box in Priory Park.

Birds of Priory Park

Most Seen

Birds that you should see or hear most visits to Priory Park:

Blackbird, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Robin, Wood Pigeon, Carrion Crow, Wren, Magpie, House Sparrow.

Blackbird

Latin name: Turdus merula
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Blue Tit

Latin name: Cyanistes caeruleus
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Great Tit

Latin name: Parus major
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Robin

Latin name: Erithacus rubecula
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Woodpigeon

Latin name: Columba palumbus
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Carrion Crow

Latin name: Corvus corone
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Wren

Latin name: Troglodytes troglodytes
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Magpie

Latin name: Pica pica
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House Sparrow

Latin name: Passer domesticus
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Spring / Summer

In Spring / Summer you usually will regularly hear Chiffchaff and Blackcap too.

Chiffchaff

Latin name: Phylloscopus collybita
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Blackcap

Latin name: Sylvia atricapilla
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Often Seen

Birds you’d often see or hear:

Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Jackdaw, Jay, Dunnock, Long Tailed Tit, Goldcrest, Stock Dove, Collared Dove, Black headed gull, Mallard, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Starling.

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Latin name: Dendrocopos major
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Nuthatch

Latin name: Sitta europaea
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Goldfinch

Latin name: Carduelis carduelis
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Greenfinch

Latin name: Chloris chloris
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Jackdaw

Latin name: Corvus monedula
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Jay

Latin name: Garrulus glandarius
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Dunnock

Latin name: Prunella modularis
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Long Tailed Tit

Latin name: Aegithalos caudatus
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Goldcrest

Latin name: Regulus regulus
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Stock Dove

Latin name: Columba oenas
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Collared Dove

Latin name: Streptopelia decaocto
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Black-headed Gull

Latin name: Chroicocephalus ridibundus
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Mallard

Latin name: Anas platyrhynchos
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Song Thrush

Latin name: Turdus philomelos
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Mistle Thrush

Latin name: Turdus viscivorus
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Starling

Latin name: Sturnus vulgaris
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Spring / Summer

Spring / Summer should often see over head the House Martin, Swift and Swallows. 

House Martin

Latin name: Delichon urbicum
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Swift

Latin name: Apus apus
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Swallow

Latin name: Hirundo rustica
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Winter

Winter there will often be Redwing.

Redwing

Latin name: Turdus iliacus
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Occasionally Seen

Birds you will occasionally see or hear:

Common Buzzard, Grey Heron, Raven, Sparrowhawk, Green Woodpecker, Pied Wagtail, Chaffinch.

Buzzard

Latin name: Buteo buteo
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Grey Heron

Latin name: Ardea cinerea
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Raven

Latin name: Corvus corax
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Sparrowhawk

Latin name: Accipiter nisus
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Green Woodpecker

Latin name: Picus viridis
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Pied Wagtail

Latin name: Motacilla alba
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Chaffinch

Latin name: Fringilla coelebs
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Fly Over

As the park is quite high, you’ll occasionally see Mute Swan and Canada Geese flying over and other wildfowl.

Mute Swan

Latin name: Cygnus olor
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Canada Goose

Latin name: Branta canadensis
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Very Occasionally Seen

Very occasionally seen or heard:

Grey Wagtail, Coal Tit, Treecreeper, Siskin, Bullfinch, Kestrel, Tawny Owl.

Grey Wagtail

Latin name: Motacilla cinerea
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Coal Tit

Latin name: Periparus ater
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Treecreeper

Latin name: Certhia familiaris
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Siskin

Latin name: Carduelis spinus
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Bullfinch

Latin name: Pyrrhula pyrrhula
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Kestrel

Latin name: Falco tinnunculus
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Tawny Owl

Latin name: Strix aluco
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Good Luck!

If you’re lucky, you can catch the Peregrine Falcon over the park that is regularly on St. Mary’s church tower.

Peregrine Falcon

Latin name: Falco peregrinus
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Early in the Year

Also occasionally seen early in the year is a Kingfisher down along the brook.

Kingfisher

Latin name: Alcedo atthis
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Migrants and Rarities

There are sometimes migrants and rarities seen in the park as it can be a good stop over point for migratory birds or just flying over. Some heard or seen for example in the past are Cuckoo, Willow Warbler, Spotted Flycatchers and a Little Owl.

Cuckoo

Latin name: Cuculus canorus
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Willow Warbler

Latin name: Phylloscopus trochilus
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Spotted Flycatcher

Latin name: Muscicapa striata
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Little Owl

Latin name: Athene noctua
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Images from https://www.rspb.org.uk