Recently spotted in Morden Hall Park

A little egret at Morden Hall Park

The changing seasons bring many different residents to Morden Hall Park. Our Nature Group members regularly record the plant and animal species they see. Find out what you might spot on your next visit to this historic green space.

Latest updates

14 May 18

Birds, beetles, and butterflies galore

From baby birds to butterflies, the warm, sunny days are giving everyone new life at Morden Hall Park. The Nature Group spotted over 60 butterflies on our most recent walk, from nine different species. Burnet companion moths, beetles and other insects were plentiful too.

Small white butterfly on field scabious

22 Apr 18

Lots of activity as spring arrives

Morden Hall Park saw plenty of activity this weekend. The "Discover Amphibians and Moths" event on Friday evening went very well. Participants saw five smooth newts (four females and one male) by torchlight. The first banded demoiselles of the season were seen over the weekend soaking up the sunshine. There were lots of butterflies about too, including Brimstones, Peacocks and Orange Tips - the latter is often called a sure sign of spring.

	Orange-tip - Anthocharis cardamines – April to July  - damp grassy habitats and hedgerows

04 Mar 18

Stay tuned for spring

The recent cold spell has given way to several more signs of spring. During today's bird survey, our Nature Group spotted the year's first frog spawn in the wetlands, coots and herons nesting, and black-headed gulls with their plumage in various stages of transition. The sounds of song thrush and great spotted woodpeckers could be heard as members counted a total of 39 species on the survey. The most exciting news is that the group had its first ever sighting of a lapwing in the park (along by the river near Kingfisher Bridge). These birds are usually found on farmland but the cold weather has forced them from their usual habitats to seek out food. There have also been reports by members of the public of a couple being seen on the meadows and flying over.

a lapwing at Morden Hall Park