The park is home to lots of wildlife.
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Common on ponds and park lakes. Swims jerkily. Defends its territory - males will fight. Nests in thick cover close to water. Not a stong flyer.
Plump, black, seen in parks and resevoirs, bigger than a Moorhen. Clumsy in flight, lands with a splash. Head bobs while swimming, dives a lot. Patters along surface when taking off. Rather quarrelsome
Nests on ground, sometimes in a hollow tree. very tame. Strong flight. Duck quacks loudly, Drake has a quiet whistle.
Great Crested GrebeLength 50cm
Once nearly exterminated because of demand for feathers for women's hats. But now protected and numerous again. Found in reservoirs and lakes in Birmingham. Nests on floating nest, attached to vegetation. When courting, offers gifts of water-weed!
Mute SwanLength 150cm
A familiar sight, with graceful curved neck. Powerful in flight, with a creaking noise. Hisses and snorts - keep away! Mates for life. Is considered a royal bird - the Crown once owned them all.
Canada GooseLength 100cm
Largest Goose, brought in from North America for ornament but they escaped. Seen on ponds and town parks. May up-end in water.
Stands like a sentry beside water, waiting for a fish. When flying, has slow flapping wing-beats, head tucked in. Will steal goldfish from ponds. Herons are very noisy during nesting, croaking and chattering of beaks.
Similar to Crow except for whitish face and beak. Very sociable, found in groups or rookeries. Aggressive in defending the group's territory. Useful to farmer - eats wireworms and leather-jackets.
Pipistrelle BatWingspan 20cm
Commonest and smallest type of Bat. Common in parks and gardens. In summer, sleeps in buildings, hollow trees, in daytime, comes out soon after dusk. Flies fast but erratically, dodges about. Can be seen also in spring or mild winter. Hibernates in Winter.
Brown RatLength 25cm
Occupies anywhere undisturbed where it can find food - in winter in buildings, store rooms, cellars. In summertime moves to edges of lakes or canal banks. Digs, burrows and swims well. Can do severe damage and spread disease.