The Mammals in Wollaton Park

It is important to note that while the animals in Wollaton Park can be fascinating to watch, you should exercise caution and avoid feeding or approaching them, as some can be dangerous or carry diseases.


Grey Squirrel.

These ubiquitous rodents can be seen scampering up and down trees in search of food.


Muntjac Deer.

A species of small deer is occasionally seen visiting the park.  They are not residents like the Red and Fallow Deer.

Mole Hill


Moles are adapted to living underground and spend most of their lives in a network of tunnels that they dig in search of food and shelter.



While rats are not intentionally kept or encouraged in the park, they are attracted to the park due to the presence of food sources, such as waste from visitors who feed birds around the lake.



Mice play a crucial role in seed dispersal. As they move around, they often pick up and carry seeds on their fur, which they later deposit in different locations. This helps to spread plant species and promote biodiversity.



Badgers are primarily nocturnal, meaning they are most active at night, so rarely seen.  This picture comes from a wildlife trail camera set up in the walled garden.



Bats are active at night and can be seen flying around the park at dusk because this is the time when their prey, such as insects, become more active.  As the sun sets, the air cools down and insects emerge from hiding places. Bats take advantage of this by hunting during this time.


Red Fox.

Elusive, but foxes are occasionally spotted in Wollaton Park.  They are most active at dawn and dusk, but can also be seen during the day.