Wollaton Park Wildlife

Wollaton Park has a diverse ecosystem of Flora (plant life) and Fauna (animal life), collectively known as wildlife.

See our galleries below for pictures of most of the wildlife you might find, taken by Friends of Wollaton Park members and supporters.

Deer

Deer

Since the fourteenth century herds of Red and Fallow deer have roamed Wollaton’s 550 acres of parkland.

The park is their home.  Please do not approach or feed the deer

Find out more…

Birds

Wollaton Park is home to over 70 bird species, some resident, some migratory.

See the Friends of Wollaton Park photo album for a photograph of each species taken in the park, or listen to the sounds of the dawn chorus…

tree creeper
Wildflowers

Wildflowers

Wollaton Park is home to a diverse range of wildflowers, including both native and non-native species. Our gallery contains over 80 examples of wildflowers that can be found in the park.

Trees

There are over 5000 trees in the park covering approximately 170  different species.

Our galleries contain photographs of over 120 tree species taken in the park…

You can see where all the trees are on our Tree Map…

trees
Squirrel

Mammals

Mammals play an important role in the ecosystem of Wollaton Park. Mammals are important predators, herbivores, and scavengers, and they help to keep populations of other animals in check. They also disperse seeds and pollinate plants, which helps to maintain healthy ecosystems.

Insects

Insects act as the ecological glue that holds the world of nature together. They are present in nearly all terrestrial ecosystems and take part in practically all significant ecological interactions.

Gatekeeper Butterfly
Snail

Gastropods

Snails play an important role in the ecosystem as they serve as a food source for a variety of animals, including birds, mammals, and other invertebrates. Additionally, snails help to break down organic matter and recycle nutrients in the soil, which helps to promote healthy soil ecology.

(Photo: Gary Thrall)

Fungi

Fungi are important components of ecosystems, and they play key roles in decomposition, nutrient cycling, and soil health.

Agaric

In and around the lake

The lake in Wollaton Park supports a population of fish and amphibians…

Pike
Photo: Avtar Ram

Northern Pike.

A predatory fish that can be found in the lake and can grow to be quite large.

Perch / Heron
Photo: Unni Williams

Perch.

A predatory fish found in the lake.  Sometimes the hunters become hunted!

Terrapin in Lake
Photo: Chris Golightly

Terrapin.

A rare sighting.  Terrapins are small freshwater turtles that are not native to the UK.  Most likely descended from an escaped or released pet.

Toad
Photo: Colin Robbins

Common Toad.

Toads and Frogs are important members of the ecosystem, as they eat a variety of insects and other invertebrates, helping to control populations.

Common Frog
Photo: Unni Williams

Common Frog.

Frogs have smooth, moist skin and long legs for hopping, while toads have dry, warty skin and shorter legs for crawling. Toads are also more likely to live on land than frogs, which spend more time in the water.

Pond Skater
Photo: Tony Hicks

Water Skimmer or Pond Skaters.

Insects that live on the surface of ponds, lakes, and other bodies of water. They have long legs that are covered in hairs that help them to skate across the water’s surface. Pond skaters are predators and feed on small insects that fall into the water. They are also good fliers and can move from pond to pond.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Wollaton Park Wildlife

Sign: Do not feed the birds

While it may be tempting to get close to the wildlife, it is important to remember that they are wild animals and can be unpredictable and potentially dangerous. It is recommended to observe them from a safe distance and not to feed them.

Sign: Do not feed the birds

Information is correct as of February 2023.
Bird Flu poster

The Park is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including deer, foxes, squirrels, and many species of birds.