Scrub

The country park has many miles of hedgerows which act as wildlife corridors, joining up habitats within the country park and linking its habitats to the wider countryside. The hedgerows within the country park, which consist mainly of hawthorn and blackthorn, also provide a home to a great variety of wildlife.

Areas of mature scrubland have developed within the country park, such as at Darnley Mill. These offer a valuable resource for wildlife, providing homes and food sources. During the autumn look out for an influx of birds such as redwing and fieldfare, with hawthorn berries providing a vital food supply.

The removal of hedgerows and the development of ‘waste ground’ has led to a decline in scrub over the last decade, making it an increasingly important habitat.