Wildlife

Orchids

Visit White Park Bay in June for a great show of orchids

There are at least 9 different species to spot at White Park Bay. They can be colourful like the Pyramidal orchid or just blend into the landscape like the Frog orchid with its green flower. See how many how can find.

Butterflies

From April to September the dunes and the grassland are home to several butterfly species. Last year our conservation warden counted 17 species in total from Small copper and Orange tip to Common blue and Peacock.

Be a wildlife spotter

While you are out and about, keep your eyes peeled for wildlife. White Park Bay is habitat to several rare species. If you see something which sparks your interest why not send us a photo and we will ID it for you.

Birds

Each spring fulmars patrol the cliffs with their distinctive cry. They come to land to breed, spending the rest of the year at sea. A relation of the albatross, they are easily identified by their stiff winged flight.

Help us record special species

Ringed Plover make their nests on pebbly beaches

Ringed Plover make their nests on pebbly beaches

White Park Bay is a valuable site for conservation and there are a number of bird species which we are keen to record. Some of these birds such as ringed plover, fulmar and meadow pipit are Species of Conservation Concern. Others which are at greater risk are called Priority species and include grasshopper warbler, song thrush, linnet and skylark.

If you spot any of these birds please contact us and we will add you sighting to our records.

Otterly lovely

This perfect paw print was captured by Patrick Barton. It's great to see otters using White Park Bay as this indicates the water is free from pollution. Otters are able to fish in both fresh and sea water.

Prepare for take off

Sheila Blane has recorded the progress of this raven family from nesting to fledging. It’s unusual for ravens to nest on the North Coast so we were particularly pleased with these latest arrivals. Thank you Sheila

Spot the difference

Easily mistaken for house sparrows, tree sparrows have a few distinct differences. They are smaller, their tail is almost permanently cocked and they have a chestnut brown head. Thanks to P Barton for this recording.

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