A wealth of nature, from bats to birds

Wimbledon Park is an important oasis for wildlife, thanks to its varied habitats including woodland, lake and hedgerows. It is home to six species of bat (Pipistrellus pygmaeus, Pipistrellus pipistrellus, Serotine, Daubenton’s, Brown long eared bat and Noctule); many waterfowl, both migrant and resident, including kingfishers, geese and herons; insects such as stag beetles and dragonflies; and amphibians including newts, frogs and toads. There are several species of fish in the lake, including roach, perch and eels. The wooded areas shelter many species of bird, including thrushes, woodpeckers, jays and black caps. Orchids and bluebells are among the varied plant species.

This might sound an impressive list, but longstanding local residents may recall a time when the lake was covered in waterlilies, and owls could be heard hooting in the woods. With sensitive management, we think those days could come again, and we’re working to make it happen.

Keep in touch with nature

Our environmental and ecology adviser, Dr Dave Dawson, has been studying Wimbledon Park’s birds, wildlife and plants for more than 30 years.

Since 1986 Dave has been monitoring 40 bird species in the park. He has compiled a report containing observations and data about which species are thriving and which are in decline. It also provides a useful aid for birdwatchers. Click here to see the report.

Click here to read Dave’s nature blog.