Here at CONKERS we have an abundance of wildlife ranging from birds to butterflies and mammals to insects. One of the education programmes we run is Habitats and Minibeasts where we search for minibeasts in the woodland on Waterside. There are large areas with fallen trees and lying logs which is the perfect habitat for minibeasts as the logs give them the shade and cover they need. The most common minibeasts found are worms, slugs, woodlice and millipedes. We also find centipedes, beetles, ants, spiders, toads, newts, and in the summer we get lots of butterflies flocking to the flowers found on site. Throughout both Discovery and Waterside sites, habitat piles are found which help keep the minibeast populations high and healthy.
The woodlands are also a perfect habitat for various birds such as Great Tits, Blue Tits, Blackbirds and Robins. The managed woodland is perfect for breeding birds as there are plenty of places for nests to be built and plenty of food available in the form of the minibeasts found. Great Tits are probably the most common birds, which can be heard around the whole site with their ‘teacher, teacher’ call. Currently nesting season has begun and if you’re lucky you may see a pair of birds carrying nesting material to their nest or further into the summer, carrying food to their young. The wildfowl on site are also beginning to nest including the Canada Geese. We have a designated bird hide with feeders present where birds such as Jays, Chaffinches, and even sometimes Woodpeckers have been seen. Other birds spotted fairly regularly include Long-tailed Tits, Chiffchaffs, Wrens, Greenfinches, Magpies, Herons, and Buzzards.