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Wildlife

Halwill Parish Wildlife

Halwill Parish has an abundance of wildlife to see; much of it scarce and unusual. The following is a quick guide of what to look out for. I don't pretend that this is a comprehensive list but it is a good sample.

Amphibians of Halwill

Amphibian can be seen virtually anywhere in the parish.

  1. Common Frog
  2. Common Toad
  3. Smooth Newt
  4. Common Newt

Reptiles of Halwill

Lizards are regularly seen around the hedge banks in the Parish. Slow worms sometimes bask on the roads.

  1. Common Lizard
  2. Slow worm
  3. Adder
  4. Grass snake

Mammals of Halwill

We have a good selection of native mammals many of which are unconcerned by human presence. A walk along the streams should reveal red deer and fox.

  1. Red Deer (including rare white specimens)
  2. Fallow Deer
  3. Roe Deer
  4. Muntjack Deer
  5. Mole
  6. Bank vole
  7. Harvest mouse
  8. Dormouse
  9. Bats (need a bat expert to tell me what species but we have big 'uns, little 'uns and some with faces only a mother could love!)
  10. Fox
  11. Stoat
  12. Otter
  13. Hedgehog
  14. Badger
  15. Rabbit
  16. Hare
  17. Grey Squirrel

Birds of Halwill

Halwill is a great place to watch birds with a patchwork of habitats from mire grassland to deciduous woodland with lakes and streams. The following is a list of the birds I have seen at Halwill, some common, some once only.

  1. Little grebe: occasional summer visitor to the lakes

  2. Cormorant

  3. Heron

  4. Canada geese: Breeding some years, noisy

  5. Mallard

  6. Red Kite: Passage, stayed in area last spring

  7. Hen Harrier: Winter visitor

  8. Marsh Harrier

  9. Buzzard

  10. Sparrow Hawk

  11. Kestrel

  12. Merlin: Seen once in Autumn

  13. Hobby: The swallows usually alert you to its presence, catches dragonflies over lakes.

  14. Pheasant

  15. Moorhen: Shy but sometimes comes to the bird feeders.

  16. Curlew: Winter/Spring

  17. Snipe: Winter/Spring

  18. Woodcock: Common in winter along the woodland edges

  19. Herring gull

  20. Lesser black backed gull

  21. Great Black Backed gull

  22. Black headed gull

  23. Stock dove

  24. Wood pigeon

  25. Collared Dove

  26. Cuckoo

  27. Barn owl

  28. Little owl: Not seen recently, formally resident in area.

  29. Tawny owl: More often heard than seen

  30. Green woodpecker

  31. Great spotted woodpecker: Particularly fond of chocolate cake!

  32. Kingfisher

  33. Swift

  34. Skylark

  35. Woodlark

  36. Swallow

  37. House marten

  38. Sand marten

  39. Tree pipit

  40. Meadow pipit

  41. Pied wagtail

  42. Dunnock

  43. Wren

  44. Robin

  45. Redstart: Summer in the woods

  46. Stonechat: Sits on bushes on the moor

  47. Wheatear

  48. Mistle thrush

  49. Song thrush

  50. Redwing: Winter visitor

  51. Blackbird

  52. Fieldfare: Winter visitor

  53. Grasshopper warbler: Heard more often than seen

  54. Chiffchaff: The first sound of spring

  55. Willow warbler

  56. Sedge warbler

  57. Garden warbler

  58. Blackcap

  59. Whitethroat

  60. Goldcrest

  61. Long tailed tit

  62. Blue Tit

  63. Great Tit

  64. Willow tit

  65. Marsh Tit

  66. Coal Tit

  67. Nuthatch

  68. Tree creeper

  69. Jay

  70. Magpie

  71. Crow

  72. Raven

  73. Rook

  74. Jackdaw

  75. Starling

  76. House sparrow

  77. Chaffinch

  78. Greenfinch

  79. Siskin

  80. Bullfinch: Breeding usually seen on the track to the log cabin

  81. Goldfinch

  82. Lesser Redpoll

  83. Linnet

  84. Reed bunting

Please let Don Osborne (Parish Clerk) know of anything you can add to the list.