Wildlife

WILDLIFE

 

The Princethorpe Woodlands Living Landscape contains, at it's core, "the most important cluster of ancient woodlands in Warwickshire" (The Local Biodiversity Action Plan for Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull). The area includes 20 woodlands covering 618 hectares and represents more than 10% of the whole of Warwickshire’s ancient woodland.

 

Connecting these woods is a network of hedgerows, a vital semi-natural habitat in their own right. The ecological 'veins' of the landscape, these features play an important role in the movement of species across the area. Bees, vital to the health of our countryside and contributing an estimated £430million to the UK economy each year, depend on them (read more). The Princethorpe Woodlands area is also home to many species of birds, bats and butterflies.

Iconic species

 

 

We are working with the People's Trust for Endangered Species (PTES), Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and volunteers from the Warwickshire Mammal Group to reintroduce the hazel dormouse, a now locally extinct woodland specialist.

Hedgerows

 

 

The area contains 233 km of hedgerows, providing a vital corridor between habitats often through agricultural land.

 

Some hedgerows are remnants of earlier woodland, retained to enclose new fields, some are medieval parish boundaries and others are planted enclosure hedgerows from 17th – 19th centuries.

 

Hedgerows are important aspect of local history as well as a valuable habitat for many plants, small mammals, and a variety of birds including song thrush. Adjacent banks, ditches, field margins, verges also provide valuable habitat for wildlife including butterflies and other invertebrates including the nationally notable leaf beetle Cryptocephalus frontalis.

 

Purple Emporer (copyright: Steve Cheshire)

Woodland jewels

 

 

Many hundreds of species of insect can be found in the area's woodlands, including the rare Purple Emporer butterfly and other woodland specialists including the Wood White, Silver-washed fritillary and White admiral.

 

 

Acid grassland

 

 

Species rich grasslands

Ancient Woodlands

 

 

Present in the landscape for millenia, our ancient semi-natural woodlands, such as Wappenbury Wood and Ryton Wood, are an important habitat for many birds (e.g. Lesser-spotted woodpecker, Willow warbler), bats (e.g. Common pipistrelle and Noctule bats) fungi and flowers (e.g. bluebells, wood anemone and primrose)

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