Wildlife at Harrold-Odell Country Park

The park is a haven for wildlife

  • Over 160 species of birds have been recorded here. These range from the common Canada and Greylag geese to rarer visitors such as Bittern and Little Egret. Watch the wildfowl on Grebe Lake from the hide. By the river, look out for Terns and Kingfishers.

  • The Park, and its lakes provide a home for migrating birds. This winter these have included Goosander, White-fronted Geese and Fieldfare.

  • Many wild flowers are present around the Park, with the greheader variety growing in the Nature Reserve, where Bee, Common-spotted, and Marsh Orchids can be found. Look in the woodland for a good show of early spring flowers.

  • A number of mammals live in and visit the Park. If you are lucky you could spot a fox, weasel or shrew. Rabbits are common on the warren.

  • Bats can be seen at dusk.

  • We now have a family of Otters living close to and using the larger Grebe Lake.

  • Amphibians such as frogs, toads and newts are all common in the wetland areas.

  • The harmless Grass Snake can also been seen in the summer.

Things to look out for

In Spring:

  • The re-generation of plant life in the Nature Reserve. A considerable amount of clearance work has been done in this area over the winter period. This has the effect of providing more light and space for ground cover plants. We await to see what emerges in these new conditions.

  • The Great Crested Grebe is a common sight especially on the larger of the lakes. As the weather warms up, pairs will start getting together and you may see their amazing mating dance. The display display involves a pair meeting on the water, shaking their heads and dipping their necks. It will end with the 'weed dance'. During this the pair will dive, collect weed in their beaks and then rush towards each other before rising upright to meet face to face. You can see a video of this display here.

Feeding the ducks

Our ducks and geese love to be fed but please only give them the right sort of food! Bread is lacking vital nutrients and can cause 'Angel Wing', a disfiguring disease. Grain is much healthier and can be bought from the Visitor Centre.