The Gnoll Estate Country Park is an incredibly diverse area home
to a variety of species of animals, birds, amphibian and insects.
Below is some of the wildlife you may be lucky enough to encounter
on your visit to the park.
Feeding the ducks at the park is a firm
favourite with visitors. The most common type of duck found at
Gnoll Estate Country Park is the Mallard also known as the dabbling
duck.'Dabblers'are ducks that tip up in order to feed from plants
and insects under the water. These ducks will also feed on land.
There are also swans and geese to be found on the ponds as well as
visiting birds such as herons who stop to rest whilst
There are 3 ponds, 1 reservoir and 2 nature reserves in the
park. These wet land areas support an incredible variety of
life from bugs to fish to reptiles.
Even though some animals only feed on other animals (carnivores)
they all depend on plants. This is called a food chain, at the
beginning of all chains there is a plant of some kind.
Around the ponds and nature reserves you will find frogs,
snakes, lizards and more.
Centipedes - can have over 100 legs and are found living under
logs and tree bark. They can be carnivorous eating small bugs or
can be vegetarian. There back legs are longer then the rest of the
legs on their body as they use these to feel there way around.
Centipedes also have a 'poison claw' on each side of their head to
catch and eat their food.
Spiders - are part of the arachnid family, there are many types of
spiders across the world, some of them deadly to humans. Spiders
have 8 legs, 2 body parts and 2 pincers. Spiders are carnivores
living on other small bugs. They spin webs to catch their food, and
poison their victims with their venom. The venom dissolve
their prey's insides into a soup type consistency. This is what the
spiders then eat and live on leaving the outside shell of their
Ladybirds - are found throughout the UK, and live in parks,
woods, fields and gardens. They are part of the beetle family and
can be different colours such as red, yellow and orange and can
have a number of spots on there body. Ladybirds eat aphids which
are small bugs that eat garden plants.
There are lots of mini beasts at the Gnoll country park
Snakes, Bees, Wasps,dragonflies, butterflies, grasshoppers, and
more ; visit the woodland trust to find
out more information and to download free activity packs on
the wildlife of britain or download one of the wildlife walks available at the Gnoll Estate