Wildlife in The Park

It is easy to forget that our park is home to so many endangered and protected species. Uniquely placed along the Thames Corridor with Ham Lands across the water Marble Hill Park is ideally situated. The little owls in particular are very poplar with park-goers. Love Marble Hill’s proposal focusses on The Park’s unique wildlife and natural surroundings. 
Little Owls – Can be seen by day in The Park perched in trees dotted around Marble Hill. No bigger than a starling the easiest way to spot little owls is to listen for their distinct high pitch squawk and following the call. Breeding Bird Survey data suggest that little owl numbers are declining, with the UK population estimated to be down by 24 per cent between 1995 and 2008.
Tawny Owls Amber-listed Rarely seen within The Park due to its nighttime closure but frequently seen perching on trees surrounding The Park.  This majestic and fiercely creature territorial live in pairs and rarely leave an area.


Badgers – A recent Badger Report commissioned by Love Marble Hill, undertaken by one of the country’s foremost experts, recommended by Natural England, found widespread badger activity throughout The Park. Protected by law (Badger Protection Act 1992), works carried out by English Heritage to the woodlands would need a licence.

Lesser-Spotted WoodpeckersRed- listed Numbering only 2,000 breeding pairs in total in the UK, they have been subject to intense decline since the 1970s and are, therefore, classified as Red Status on the IUCN list of endangered and threatened species. There are numerous possible reasons for this rapid decline, but those most favoured arguments include the loss of ancient woodland habitat, increased competitive pressure from other species, as well as the removal of rotting trees.


Stag Beetles

Bats recorded in the local catchment:

Common Pipistrelle

Soprano Pipistrelle

Nathusius’s Pipistrelle






Brown long-eared bat 


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