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Forestry Wildlife

Our woodlands are some of the best places to go to see Britain’s wildlife, from large mammals such as roe deer and wild goats right down to some of the forest's smaller inhabitants such as bats, dormice and butterflies.

Which animals will you see in the forest?

Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) at a wildlife feeding area.Mammals

Woodlands are home to many mammals, including red squirrels, bats, otters and badgers. A variety of deer species can also be found, including Red, Roe and Fallow.

Red kite.Birds

Our trees provide shelter for many birds from Red kites, Ospreys and Nightjars to the more commonly seen Chaffinchs, Blue tits and Robins.

Pearl-boardered Fritillary.Insects

Millions of insects thrive in the forest, from woodlice and spiders to butterflies, beetles and crickets. Out of our family of trees, oaks are home to the largest number of them.

Adder.Reptiles and amphibians

Adders are the most common woodland reptile found in areas of rough, open countryside. Amphibians, such as newts, frogs and toads are found in ponds and streams.

Last updated: 2nd August 2016

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