We are very lucky in RCT to have such a diverse range of wildlife right on our doorstep. Whether walking through towns or villages, through our parks or simply taking a stroll in our woods, you are bound to have a wildlife encounter.

Listed below are only a few examples of what can be spotted throughout the county borough:

Birds:

  • Gold finch (Carduelis carduelis)
  • Siskin (Spinus spinus)
  • Tawny owl (Strix aluco)

Butterflies:

  • Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus)
  • Marsh Fritillary (Euphydryas aurinia)
  • Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni)
  • Burnet Companion Moth (Euclidia glyphica)

Invertebrates:

  • Bloody-Nosed Beetle (Timarcha tenebricosa)
  • Long Horned Bee (fam: Cerambycidae)
  • Sub Ant-Hill Hover Fly (Xanthogramma pedisequum)

Why not check out the amazing report produced by Liam Olds on ‘Invertebrate conservation value of colliery spoil habitats in South Wales’? You can download it here

Reptiles:

  • Slow worm (Anguis fragilis)
  • Common toad (Bufo bufo)

Mammals:

  • Hedgehog (Ericius)
  • Bank Vole (Malo ripis)
  • Field Mouse (Mus agri)
  • Pipistrelle Bat (Pipistrellus pipistrellus)