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Wednesday, 16 October, 2019

Wildlife and Natural History

The important habitats and their associated wildlife of Baddesley Common can be outlined as follows:- 

Heathland and Grassland

Bell Heather Common Lizard Adders Tongue

The last remaining lowland heathland in Warwickshire is found on Baddesley Common with heather and the rarer bell heather growing in small isolated patches on infertile sandy soils across the entire site.

The associated dry acid grassland has heath bedstraw, tormentil and sheep's sorrel growing amongst wavy hair grass, sheep's fescue and the rare matt grass.  This important habitat is classified as a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC) and is also a target for the Local and National Biodiversity Action Plan.

Other wildlife associated with the heathland habitat include common lizard, green tiger beetle and the beautiful yellow underwing moth. In the areas of neutral grassland, butterflies such as Essex skipper and ringlet can be found as well as good numbers of grasshoppers.  The rare adder's-tongue fern also occurs amongst the grassland.

It is vitally important to conserve this endangered habitat by keeping selected areas free from scrub oak and silver birch.

Woodland and Scrub

The wooded areas support typical woodland bird species such as great-spotted woodpecker, nuthatch and tree-creeper whilst the scrub has healthy populations of willow warbler, chiffchaff, blackcap, garden warbler and whitethroat.

Buzzards soar overhead and parties of long-tailed tit are regularly encountered.

Purple hairstreak butterflies live in the high oak canopy and speckled wood are numerous.


The still water pools on the site have good numbers of frogs and newts which in turn support a healthy population of grass snake.  Dragonflies and damselflies are numerous with broad-bodied and four-spotted chaser, emperor and southern hawker all fairly common.