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Chidham and Hambrook - Our Environment - Creatures you may see

Creatures you may see around us
Mammals - Birds - Amphibians/Reptiles - Insects - Plants - Trees
In Streams - Shore/Mudflats - Harbour waters

There is a wide variety of wild animals you can see in and around the village.
Here are some of the species we think you may see. Follow the link for a fact sheet.
Let us know what you have seen, and when, and what we have missed, or if we have got something wrong!

Fallow Deer  
Roe Deer Seem to be getting bolder - and do cause garden damage.
Brown Hare I saw on several years ago in a field off Cot Lane. I haven't seen one since.
Grey Squirrel Bird table visitor. I saw one 'duff up' a sparrow that got too close - the squirrel had it on the ground and looked to be giving it a good kicking but the bird escaped. Is this common squirrel behaviour?
Water Vole  
Hedgehog Very partial to cat food
Common Shrew  
Pygmy Shrew  
Water Shrew (not very common)
Field Vole  
House Mouse  
Brown Rat  
Pipistrelle bat Bat fact sheet
Long eared bat  
Others? Do we have..?  
Harvest Mouse  
Muntjac Deer Not sure that we have these. Any comments?
Other sorts of Bat?  

These are the birds you may see around. Let us know about your favourite sightings and send us your photos taken locally
Garden - Country - Harbour

Birds - Garden
Robin Garden
House Sparrow Garden - bird table visitor
Blackbird Garden, Great Song
Song Thrush Garden Lovely song
Mistle Thrush Garden but not common
Greenfinch Garden - bird table visitor
Chaffinch Garden - bird table visitor
Dunnock Garden - no, its not a sparrow
Great Tit Garden - bird table visitor
Blue Tit Garden - bird table visitor
Coal Tit Garden - bird table visitor
Collared Dove Garden - bird table visitor
Wren Tiny secretive, but makes a great noise to ward off predators
Starling large flocks in Autumn
Goldfinch Loves niger seed
Goldcrest Tiny secretive, Likes conifers
Long tailed Tit Usually goes around in a noisy gang
Pied Wagtail Often seen on pavements and verges
Woodpigeon Eats a lot
Tree Sparrow I haven't seen one
Bullfinch Not common
Magpie Likes catfood
Swallow summer visitor
Swift summer visitor
Housemartin summer visitor
Sparrowhawk In your garden for all the wrong reasons.
Siskin Not common
Great Spotted Woodpecker Likes peanuts
Birds of the countryside  
Pheasant Don't seem very bright, but isn't he gorgeous
Grey Partridge  
Red Legged Partridge  
Jay Not often seen, they are rather shy
Carrion Crow One, its a Crow, several they are Rooks
Rook One, its a Crow, several they are Rooks
Fieldfare Winter visitor
Redwing Winter visitor
Green Woodpecker Lovely - heard but not often seen, but quite a few down in southern Chidham
Turtle Dove  
Tawny Owl Not often seen
Barn Owl Not often seen
Little Owl  
Cuckoo Tell us about the first of the summer.
Kestrel Hovers
Skylark Not as common as they were
Kingfisher Seen by the stream to the west of Priors Leaze Lane and at Cut Mill
Meadow Pipit  
Nightjar Summer visitor - seen at dusk
Common Buzzard increasingly seen soaring on thermals
Wader and Harbour birds  
Grey Heron Flaps lazily across the sky. Often one on the catchpond
Blackheaded Gull

Have black heads in the breeding season

Great Blackbacked Gull Large predator gull
Cormorant Often seen on posts in the harbour
Brent Goose Winter Visitor
Canada Goose Winter Visitor
Little Egret Very White
Mute Swan Great to see them takeoff
Grey Plover  
Ringed Plover  
Oystercatcher Yes on the mudflats, but also in nearby fields
Blacktailed Godwit  
Bartailed Godwit  
Widgeon Winter visitor
Teal Winter visitor
Goldeneye Winter visitor
Common Tern  
Sandwich Tern  
Little Tern  

Bird Links
Hampshire (mostly) Birds
Bird-watching (Hayling Island)

Amphibians and Reptiles  
Slow worm May well be in your compost heap
Common Lizard I remember seing one many years ago - are they still around?
Common Frog Seems to be surviving but much reduced (by frog plague)?
Marsh Frog  
Common Toad  
Common Newt  
Grass snake  

Insects (well, some of them)
Butterflies you may see in your garden
Red Admiral
Small Tortoiseshell
Painted Lady
Holly Blue
Meadow Brown
Speckled Wood
Large White (also known as Cabbage White)
Small White
Orange Tip

Plants - Trees
In streams - Shore/Mudflats - Harbour waters coming ....sometime!

The Dell - Species identified in 2004
This is not a definitive list.
Further species will be added as they are noted.

Trees and Shrubs
Vascular Plants
Other Vegetation

Trees and Shrubs
Oak (Quercus sp) , Penduculate Oak (Quercus robur) , Cherry (Prunus sp) , Crack Willow (Salix fragilis) , Goat Willow (Salix caprea) , Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) , Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) , Holly (Ilex aquifolium) , Elder (Sambucus nigra) , Dogwood (Thelycrania sanguinea) , Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) , Field Maple (Acer campestre) , Bramble (Rubus fruticosus) , Dog Rose ( Rosa canina ) ,

Vascular Plants
Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) , Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) , Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scriptus) , Lesser Celandine (Ranunculus ficaria) , Watermint (Mentha aquatica) , Ground Ivy (Glechoma hederacea) , Traveller's Joy (Clematis vitalba) , Large Bitter-cress (Cardamine amara) , Honeysuckle (Lonicera periclymenum) , Black Bryony (Tamus communis) , White Byrony (Bryonia dioica) , Forget-me-not (Myosotis arvensis) , Hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium) , Nettle (Urtica dioica) , Lords and Ladies (Arum maculatum) , Large Lords and Ladies (Arum italicum) , Read Deadnettle (Lamium purpureum) , White Deadnettle (Lamium album) , Great Willowherb (Epilobium hirsutum) , Bracken (Pteridium aquilinum) , Water Figwort (Scrophularia aquatica) , Ragwort (Senecio sp) , Annual Mercury (Mercurialis annua) , Fool’s Watercress (Apium nodiflorum) , Hemlock Waterdropwort (Oenanthe crocata) , Curled Dock (Rumex crispus) , Broad-leaved Dock (Rumex obtusifolius) , Wood Dock (Rumex sanguineus) , Common Fleabane (Pulicaria dysenterica) , Garlic Mustard (Jack by the Hedge) (Alliaria petiolata) , Watercress (Nasturtium officinale) , Spear Thistle (Cirsium vulgare) , Lesser Burdock (Arctium minus) , Enchanter’s Nightshade (Circaea lutetiana) , Bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis) , Summer Snowflake (Leucojum aestivum) , Pepperwort (Lepidium sp) , Cow Parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris) , Teasel (Dipsacus fullonum) , Creeping Thistle (Cirsium arvense) , White Willow (Salix alba) , Ivy-leaved Speedwell (Veronica hederifolia) (could be sub sp) , Creeping Buttercup (Ranunculus repens) , Common Mousear (Cerastium holosteoides) , Tustan (Hypericum perforatum) , Cleavers (Galium aparine) , Annual Meadow Grass (Poa annua) , Rough Blue Grass (Poa trivialis) , Celery-leaved Buttercup (Ranunculus sceleratus) , Wavy Bitter-cress (Cardamine flexuosa) , Wall Speedwell (Veronica arvensis) , Feverfew (Chrysanthemum parthenium) (possibly garden escape)

Other Vegetation
Crescent-cup Liverwort (Lunularia cruciata)

Foxes, hedgehogs and rabbits use The Dell. The large oaks are an ideal bat roost and the area as a whole is a good bat feeding ground.

Bumblebee (Bombus pratorum) , Large Red-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius) , White-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus hortorum) , Solitary Mining Bee (Andrena cineraria) , Solitary Yellow-legged Mining Bee (Andrena flavipes) , Small Black Wasp (species unknown) , Hoverfly (species unknown) , Common Groundhopper (Tetrix undulata) , Shield Bug (species unknown) , Green Lacewing (Chrysopa sp)

Small White (Pieris rapae) , Orange Tip (Anthocaris cardamines) , Peacocks (Inachis io) , Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae) , Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria)

Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) , Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) , Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) , Robin (Erithacus rubecula) , Dunnock (Prunella modularis) , Blackbird (Turdus menula) , Magpie (Pica pica) , Blue Tit (Parus caeruleus) , Great Tit (Parus major) , Chiff Chaff (Phylloscopus collybita) , Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) , House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) , Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus ) , Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos) , Skylark (Alauda arvensis) , Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis) , Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba) , Tawny Owl (Strix aluco) , Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris)

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