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Wildlife at Gorse Covert Mounds

Birdlife is plentiful, with 26 nesting species recorded on the site in 2012, the most common being robin, wren, blackcap, great tit and wood pigeon. Winter visitors include the lesser redpoll, fieldfare, redwing, waxwing, buzzard, kestrel, brambling, and siskin.

The site is designated a Local Wildlife Site as its mix of habitats supports a wide range of animals, birds and invertebrates. It is home to mammals, such as the grey squirrel, fox, rabbit, bank vole, mole and stoat, as well as four species of bat: the common pipistrelle, alto pipistrelle,
noctule and brown horseshoe.

(Photo: WTML)

Nineteen species of butterfly have been recorded on the site, including the comma, brimstone, peacock, small tortoiseshell, gatekeeper, speckled wood, meadow brown, large white, small white, green-veined white, and holly blue. In addition, 250 species of moth have been recorded on the site.

The ponds, which were created as part of the original mounding work in the 1980s, support a number of dragonfly species, such as the southern hawker, common hawker, migrant hawker, and common darter. Damselfly species include the large red, azure, and blue-tailed. Two of the ponds now contain fish such as carp, perch and rudd, introduced by anglers. The others support frogs, toads and smooth newts, with at least two supporting the great crested newt.