Watermead Country Park Environment and Nature
Watermead Country Park is a haven for wildlife, offering a wide range of wetland habitats including extensive reedbeds, wet woodland, wild flower meadows, rough grassland, open water and ponds.
Over 200 bird species have been recorded on the park, including notable winter visitors such as wigeon, goosander, fieldfare, redwing and bittern. In the warmer months 12 species of warbler have been recorded along with swallows, swifts, sand martins, common terns and hobbys. Resident species including kingfisher, great crested grebe, green woodpecker, tree creeper and water rail.
The wetland areas and wildflower meadows are an attractive habitat for many species of insects. Visitors can see a variety of butterflies and moths in the meadows during the summer months, alongside dragonflies and damselflies which can be spotted flying amongst the reedbeds and over the ponds. The insects provide a valuable food source for birds in the day, while during the evening it is the turn of the bats. Flying low over the water or above the tree line, these nocturnal mammals seek out insects such as moths and gnats.
Watermead Country Park provides a home for a variety of mammals such as mice, voles, shrews, weasels and stoats, foxes, deer and otter.
Visitors to the country park can witness much of this wildlife in the Reedbed Nature Reserve which can be found at the north end of the park. The reserve includes four bird hides and a bird feeding station, all of which provide a great place to observe wildlife and enjoy the tranquillity of the countryside.