The Tufa Field supports a wide variety of species of plant and animal, and here we document them.

The field has a complex geology and ecology with representatives from large and small mammal groups, birds of all sizes, amphibians, reptiles, invertebrates including moths butterflies and insect life. There is also a huge range of botanical species present in the wet and drier areas in close proximity. Many have made their home here others depend on the site for feeding and breeding, some for transit to other areas, some are unique to the ecology.

A veritable Museum  of Life in our midst.

Documenting all of the species is a considerable task and is ongoing so the following tables are constantly being amended and extended. If you spot something we have missed, please let us know.

If you want to know more about a particular species, click on its link.

Mammals

NameLast
Seen
NumberClassScientific
Name
Status

Fallow Deer
April 20223-4ArtiodactylaDama
dama
 
BadgerApril 20223 settsCarnivoraMeles melesProtected
FoxMarch 20222-3CarnivoraVulpes
vulpes
 
Grey SquirrelDailymanyRodentSciurus
carolinensis
 
Field VoleMay 2022manyRodentMicrotus
agrestis
 
Wood MouseMay 2021manyRodentApodemus
sylvaticus
 
Common
pipistrelle bat
July 2022manyChiropteraPipistrellus
pipistrellus
Protected
Greater Horseshoe Bat June 2022manyChiropteraRhinolophus ferrumequinumProtected
Mammals

To see a full list of UK mammals and their status , visit the Mammal Society.

Birds

N.B. All birds are protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981

Status indicates the conservation status as defined by the RSPB, Red is the highest danger category, through Amber to Green which are the birds which are not showing moderate or severe declines.

NameLast
Seen
NumberClassScientific
Name
Status
Barn OwlFebruary 20221OwlsTyto AlbaGreen
BlackbirdDailyManyThrushesTurdus MeluaGreen
BlackcapDailyManyWarblersSylvia atricapillaGreen
Blue TitDailyManyTitsCyanistes caerulusGreen
BullfinchMay 20222FinchesPyrrhula pyrrhulaAmber
BuzzardDaily3-4Kites, hawks
and eagles
Buteo
buteo
Green
Carrion CrowDaily3-4CrowsCorvus coroneGreen
ChaffinchDaily1-2FinchesFringilla coelebsGreen
ChiffchaffDaily1-2WarblersPhylloscopus
collybita
Green
Coal titDaily1-2TitsPeriparus aterGreen
Collared DoveMay 20221-2Pigeons and
Doves
Streptopelia decaoctoGreen
Common gullDailyManyGulls and
Terns
Larus canusAmber
DunnockDailyManyAccentorsPrunella modularisAmber
FieldfareFebruary 20222-3ThrushesTurdus pilarisRed
GoldfinchJune 20221-2FinchesCarduelis carduelisGreen
Great spotted woodpeckerApril 20221WoodpeckersDendrocopos majorGreen
Great titDailyManyTitsParus majorGreen
GreenfinchMay 20222-3FinchesChloris ChlorisRed
Herring gullDailyManyGulls and TernsLarus argentatusRed
Hooded CrowJune 20221-2CrowsCorvus cornixGreen
House martinJune 20223-4Swallows and
martins
Delichon urbicumRed
House sparrowDaily5-6Old world
sparrows
Passer domesticusRed
JackdawMay 20221CrowsCorvus monedulaGreen
JayJune 20221CrowsGarrulus glandariusGreen
MagpieDaily5-6CrowsPica picaGreen
NightingaleJune 20221ChatsLuscinia megarhynchosRed
NightjarDaily1NightjarsCaprimulgus europaeusAmber
NuthatchDaily1NuthatchesSitta europaeaGreen
PheasantMay 20222-3Pheasants and partridgesPhasianus colchicusIntroduced
Red KiteJune 20221Kites, hawks
and eagles
Milvus milvusGreen
RobinDaily1-2Old world
flycatchers and chats
Erithacus rubeculaGreen
RookJune 2022ManyCrowsCorvus frugilegusAmber
Song thrushDaily1ThrushesTurdus philomelosAmber
Stock doveDaily5-6Pigeons and
doves
Columba oenasAmber
StarlingMarch 20221-2StarlingSturnus vulgarisRed
SwiftJune 20222-3SwiftsApus apusRed
Tawny OwlFrequent1-2OwlsStrix alucoAmber
TreecreeperDaily1-2TreecreepersCerthia familiarisGreen
WoodpigeonDaily5-6Pigeons and
Doves
Columba palumbusAmber
WrenDaily1-2WrensTroglodytes troglodytesAmber
Birds

Amphibians

NameLast
Seen
NumberClassScientific
Name
Red list Status
Common ToadJune 2022Many Bufo BufoLeast Concern
Common FrogDailyMany Rana TemporariaLeast Concern
Smooth NewtDailyMany Lissotriton vulgarisLeast Concern
Palmate NewtMay 20225-6 Lissotriton helveticusLeast Concern
      
Amphibians

Reptiles

NameLast
Seen
NumberClassScientific
Name
Status
Slow WormSpring 2022ManyReptilesAnguis fragilisProtected
Common LizardJuly 20221-2ReptilesZootoca viviparaPriority species
Reptiles

Invertebrates

NameLast
Seen
NumberClassificationScientific
Name
Status
Small BlueJuly 20225-6ButterfliesCupido MinimusPriority Species
Meadow BrownJune 20224-5ButterfliesManiola JurtinaCommon
Painted LadyJune 20224-5ButterfliesVanessa carduiCommon
Peacock ButterflyMarch 20221-2ButterfliesAglais IoCommon
Common BlueJune 20223-4ButterfliesPolyommatus icarusCommon
Small WhiteJuly 20227-8ButterfliesPieris rapaeCommon
CinnabarJune 20212MothsTyria jacobaeaePriority species
Common blue damselflyJune 2022ManyDamselfliesEnallagma cyathigerumCommon
Large red damselflyMay 2022ManyDamselfliesPyrrhosoma nymphulaCommon
Common froghopperMay 2022ManyBugsPhilaenus spumariusCommon
Hill soldier flyJune 20181DipteraOxycera pardalinaRare
Buff-tailed BumblebeeSpring 20223-4Bees and WaspsBombus terrestrisCommon
Hairy-footed flower beeMay 2022ManyBees and WaspsAnthophor plumipesCommon
Early bumblebeeMarch 20224-5Bees and WaspsBombus pratorumCommon
Garden BumblebeeSummer 2022ManyBees and WaspsBombus hortorumCommon
White-tailed bumblebeeSummer 20224-5Bees and WaspsBombus lucorumCommon
Red-tailed bumblebeeSummer 20224-5Bees and WaspsBombus lapidariusCommon
Common Carder BeeSummer 2022ManyBees and WaspsBombus pascuorumCommon
Honey BeeSummer 2022ManyBees and WaspsApis melliferaCommon
Patchwork leaf-cutter beeSummer 20224-5Bees and WaspsMegachile centuncularisCommon
Red Mason BeeSummer 20222-3Bees and WaspsOsmia bicornisCommon
Common WaspSummer 2022ManyBees and WaspsVespula vulgarisCommon
Red AntSummer 2022ManyAntsMyrmica rubraCommon
Yellow Meadow AntSummer 2022ManyAntsLasius flavusCommon
Black Garden AntSummer 2022ManyAntsLasius nigerCommon
Garden spiderJune 2022ManySpidersAraneus diadematusCommon
Wolf SpiderMarch 2022ManySpidersPardosa amentataCommon
Drone-flyRegularlyManyFliesEristalis tenaxCommon
Common banded hoverflySummer 2022ManyFliesSyrphus ribesiiCommon
Heineken flySummer 2022ManyFliesRhingia campestrisCommon
Marmalade flySummer 2022ManyFliesEpisyrphus balteatusCommon
Clouded SilverJuly 20221MothsLomographa temerataCommon
GatekeeperSummer 20221ButterfliesPyronia tithonusCommon
Peacock ButterflyJuly 20221ButterfliesAglais ioCommon
Green LacewingJuly 20221Other insectsChrysoperla carneaCommon
Common MayflyJune 20223-4Other insectsEphemera danicaCommon
Invertebrates

Plants

NameLast SeenNumberCategoryScientific
Name
Status
AgrimonySummer 2022ManyWildflowersAgrimonia eupatoriaCommon
Bath AsparagusSummer 20224-5WildflowersOrnithogalum pyrenaicumUncommon
BuddleiaSummer 20221Trees and ShrubsBuddleja davidiiIntroduced, naturalised
BittersweetSummer 2022ManyWildflowersSolanum dulcamaraCommon
Cow parsleySummer 2022ManyWildflowersAnthriscus sylvestrisCommon
Common SorrelSummer 20225-6WildflowersRumex acetosaCommon
Great BindweedSummer 2022ManyWildflowersCalystegia sylvaticaCommon, non-native
Field BindweedSummer 2022ManyWildflowersConvolvulus arvensisCommon
Great WillowherbSummer 2022ManyWildflowersEpilobium hirsutumCommon
HogweedSummer 2022ManyWildflowersHeracleum sphondyliumCommon
Hedge ParsleySummer 2022ManyWildflowersTorilis JaponicaCommon
RagwortSummer 2022ManyWildflowersSenecio jacobaeaCommon
Red BartsiaSummer 2022ManyWildflowersOdontites vernaCommon
Spear ThistleSummer 2022ManyWildflowersCirsium vulgareCommon
Stinging NettleSummer 2022ManyWildflowersUrtica dioicaCommon
TeaselSummer 2022ManyWildflowersDipsacus fullonumCommon
White BrionySummer 2022ManyWildflowersBryonia dioicaCommon
Woolly ThistleSummer 2022ManyWildflowersCirsium eriophorumCommon
Yellow RattleSummer 2022ManyWildflowersRhinanthus minorCommon
Yorkshire FogSummer 2022ManyGrasses Sedges and RushesHolcus lanatusCommon
Plants