The small tortoiseshell butterfly can often be found along old railway lines where there are lots of nettles for it to lay its eggs. It hibernates over the winter and can usually be seen flying between March and October.
The peacock butterfly is a common species that is found mainly in scrubland and along hedgerows between March and October.The striking red colour and eye spots makes the adults easily recognisable. The caterpillars are black and feed mainly on nettles.
Large white or cabbage white butterflies like to feed on members of the cabbage family. They can be seen between April and October and live in a variety of habitats.
Brimstone butterflies are often the first butterflies to emerge in spring and can be found in a variety of habitats including grassland and scrub. They are also very long lived butterflies and remain active until October.
Red admiral butterflies are usually seen in summer and live in a variety of habitats where there are plenty of nectar sources, such as Buddleias and nettles.
Chiffchaffs are a small warbler, known for their distinctive song. They are summer visitors to the UK, living mainly in woodland and scrubby areas and feeding on insects.
Willow Warblers are slim, delicate birds of woodland, scrub, parks and gardens. They can be heard singing a melodious, warbling song from amongst the tree canopy. Willow Warblers are migratory birds, breeding in Europe and migrating to southern Africa for
Sand martins are common summer visitors, arriving in March and leaving in October. They nest in colonies, digging burrows in steep, sandy cliffs, usually around water, so are commonly found on wetland sites. The tunnels they bore can be up
In winter, old catkins remain and look like clusters of small pine cones.
Small, purplish leaves hug stem up to flower.
Traditionally coppiced to create ‘coppice stools’ whereby new stems grow from ground level.
Has long spikes on branches. The flowers also known as May blossom and in Autumn it bears bitter, purple fuit (sloes).
Also know as pussy willow.