Grass snakes are excellent swimmers and feed mainly on amphibians. Being cold blooded, they are most commonly seen basking in the sun on areas of bare ground.
Toads spend most of their time away from water, living mainly in damp places but returning to ponds and ditched to breed. They eat mainly invertebrates and are mostly active at night.
Common frogs need to stay damp and so are usually found near to freshwater. They feed mainly on insects and hibernate in the winter under stones or in other damp places.
Common newts are usually found in ponds and ditches during the breeding season (Spring and Summer) and feed on insects and crustaceans. In winter, they hibernate mainly in wooded areas, under logs and stones.
Lots of colour variations. Feeds on aphids.
Adults mimic wasps. Larvae feed on dead wood.
Most common ladybird, feeds on aphids, hibernates over winter.
Usually seen on the flowers of cow parsley and other umbelifer flowers.
This tiny wasp causes hairy galls to form on the stems of dog roses.
Its range has been steadily expanding north due to the warmer summers associated with climate change.
Particularly attracted to yellow.
Gives off a vile smelling fluid when threatened.
Are able to reproduce without mating, producing clones of themselves.
Sedge warblers are summer visitors to the UK where they live in reedbeds and scrub near to freshwater. They feed on insects and can be distinguished from reed warblers by their striped head and more ‘digital’ song.
Reed warblers are summer visitors to the UK where they live and breed in reed beds. They feed on insects and are often heard, rather than seen.
Related to swallows, swifts are a summer visitor to the UK and can mainly be seen hunting for insects on the wing, over a variety of habitats.
Oystercatchers are mainly summer visitors, feeding on insects and shellfish in the mud and meadows around lakes and rivers.
Common terns are summer visitors that can usually be seen swooping over lakes whilst hunting for fish.
Whitethroats are a summer visitor that live mainly in scrub and bramble, feeding on insects and fruit.