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
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.
Latin name: Turdus merula
Latin name: Cyanistes caeruleus
Latin name: Parus major
Latin name: Erithacus rubecula
Latin name: Columba palumbus
Latin name: Corvus corone
Latin name: Troglodytes troglodytes
Latin name: Pica pica
Latin name: Passer domesticus
Spring / Summer
In Spring / Summer you usually will regularly hear Chiffchaff and Blackcap too.
Latin name: Phylloscopus collybita
Latin name: Sylvia atricapilla
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
Latin name: Sitta europaea
Latin name: Carduelis carduelis
Latin name: Chloris chloris
Latin name: Corvus monedula
Latin name: Garrulus glandarius
Latin name: Prunella modularis
Long Tailed Tit
Latin name: Aegithalos caudatus
Latin name: Regulus regulus
Latin name: Columba oenas
Latin name: Streptopelia decaocto
Latin name: Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Latin name: Anas platyrhynchos
Latin name: Turdus philomelos
Latin name: Turdus viscivorus
Latin name: Sturnus vulgaris
Spring / Summer
Spring / Summer should often see over head the House Martin, Swift and Swallows.
Latin name: Delichon urbicum
Latin name: Apus apus
Latin name: Hirundo rustica
Winter there will often be Redwing.
Latin name: Turdus iliacus
Birds you will occasionally see or hear:
Common Buzzard, Grey Heron, Raven, Sparrowhawk, Green Woodpecker, Pied Wagtail, Chaffinch.
Latin name: Buteo buteo
Latin name: Ardea cinerea
Latin name: Corvus corax
Latin name: Accipiter nisus
Latin name: Picus viridis
Latin name: Motacilla alba
Latin name: Fringilla coelebs
As the park is quite high, you’ll occasionally see Mute Swan and Canada Geese flying over and other wildfowl.
Latin name: Cygnus olor
Latin name: Branta canadensis
Very Occasionally Seen
Very occasionally seen or heard:
Grey Wagtail, Coal Tit, Treecreeper, Siskin, Bullfinch, Kestrel, Tawny Owl.
Latin name: Motacilla cinerea
Latin name: Periparus ater
Latin name: Certhia familiaris
Latin name: Carduelis spinus
Latin name: Pyrrhula pyrrhula
Latin name: Falco tinnunculus
Latin name: Strix aluco
If you’re lucky, you can catch the Peregrine Falcon over the park that is regularly on St. Mary’s church tower.
Latin name: Falco peregrinus
Early in the Year
Also occasionally seen early in the year is a Kingfisher down along the brook.
Latin name: Alcedo atthis
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.
Latin name: Cuculus canorus
Latin name: Phylloscopus trochilus
Latin name: Muscicapa striata
Latin name: Athene noctua
Images from https://www.rspb.org.uk