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Sightings of Fauna and Flora on the Ridge

In August 1995 a Management Plan was compiled for the Friends of Cock Road Ridge. The objectives of this Plan are to maintain and enhance the wildlife interest of Cock Road Ridge whilst encouraging quiet use of the area by local people. Cock Road Ridge contains a rich diversity of plants and animals. Areas of this nature are becoming increasingly rare in this type of urban area.

Many of the Friends have a keen interest in wildlife and any sightings are reported at our regular meetings. These are recorded here and shows a diverse range of insects and plants as well as animals and birds on these slopes.

Select from the list below:

Categories

Animals
See our collection of animals that reside on the Ridge or have been seen 'passing through'.

Birds
We endeavour to check the bird boxes installed on the Ridge every year. See our surveys carried out on 28th January 2006 to Spring/Summer 2008 and through to October 2009 and November 2010. In 2011 and 2012 we did a lot of work replacing and repairing boxes. We did an inspection in March 2013 but the weather prevented a complete inspection at the end of the year. We started again in April 2014 but were unable to inspect all the boxes as we didn't want to disturb nesting birds. We had been unable to carry out the survey earlier because of inclement weather making the ground too muddy to use the ladder safely. Our latest inspection took place in February and March 2015 though we had insufficient time to inspect all the boxes.

We also have a page of pictures of some of the birds we have seen close enough to photograph.

Butterflies
More than 20 species of butterflies have been spotted on the Ridge, which is a good number considering the fairly narrow terrain range. Find out when you can see any of these colourful residents.

Insects
We have started this page now and will continue to try and identify other insects we see on the Ridge. Let us know of any of your own sightings, especially if you have some (digital) photographs we can use on the site.

Plants
Have you every wondered what the names of the plants on Cock Road Ridge are? We did, so we started taking photographs of them and looking them up. To save you having to trawl the web or encyclopaedias, we have created five pages corresponding to the colours of the flowers or seeds to make it easy to find the ones you have seen. They are:

Blue-Violet Flowers ¦ Pink-Purple Flowers ¦ Red-Orange-Brown Flowers ¦

White Flowers ¦ Yellow-Green Flowers

We are not botanists but have endeavoured to make the descriptions as accurate as possible.

Trees
There are a wide range of trees resident on the Ridge. Here's a list with a brief description of each. Of course, if you've seen something not on our list we'd love to hear about it! Use the Forum page to let us know. We also have an interesting range of fruit trees (the Ridge held an orchard in past years). Find out what we have.

Archived Sightings

A wild Orchid, in full flower,has been found growing on the Ridge. See Photo Album under Views for photograph. (Early 2004)

A Buzzard was observed in the Oak tree. However, the Kestrels did not succeed in rearing young. A squirrel was seen near the nest and may have been responsible for the lack of success. Quite a few of our bird boxes have been used by Great Tits. (Early 2004)

Three Pheasants have been seen on the Ridge and in the allotment. (Early 2004)

A rabbit was seen in the Community Garden (June 2004). Many reports are being received of the odd rabbit being seen but they are struggling to make a comeback. A fox is often seen in Kingsfield Lane close to the Community Garden.

During our work a pair of Buzzards were observed flying overhead and they spent most of the time in the wooded area. A pair of Jays also visited the Ridge and spent their time in the oak tree. A Green Woodpecker was observed in the orchard. A Heron flew overhead and made its way towards the Moat. It returned later in the day and flew off towards Kingswood. A number of members observed a Jay busily removing acorns from the big oak and then hiding them in the grass. However, the Jay was unaware that he was being closely observed by a squirrel. When he had finished hiding the acorns and gone back to the oak tree for more the squirrel stole the acorns and ran off with them. (September 2003)

 

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