Wanborough Parish Wild Animals and Insects Database
Badger sets can be found around the boundary of the village. In particular the live in the fields off the High Street, Church Road and The Hollow. Keep your eyes peeled around Badgers Close, as the name suggests, they live around here too. As night time creatures, sadly we are most likely to see them after they have been hit by a car.
We have a thriving population of bats, probably pipistrelles, living in and around St Andrew's Church. They can be seen at dusk flying about the village looking for breakfast.
Foxes are not shy of coming into the central village at night. They are also happy to roam in the daytime so keep your eyes peeled especially if walking along our network of footpaths
We have a thriving Grey Squirrel population, love and hated in equal measure by residents. Often spotted running along or lazing in the branches of the bigger trees in Warneage Wood
Our hedgehogs all live within the boundary of the village, most dominantly amongst the houses off Magdalen Road and The Beanlands, although we also have a family in upper Wanborough. Badgers are the main predators for Hedgehogs and they all live around the outside of the village, keeping our hogs all safely tucked inside.
All of our residents that have cats will be very aware that we also have an abundance of mice.
The parishes mole population are predominantly found to the north of the village around Warneage Wood and the allotments. Evidence of these shy creatures comes in the form of the piles of earth they push up as they burrow underground. If you look carefully you will see the soil move as the Moles underneath are busily pushing it out of their tunnels
Not so popular with our gardeners we have a thriving population of Muntjac living to the East of the village that sometimes cross The Highstreet to find food along the escarpment above The Beanlands
We have reports of Otters living to the west of the parish and around The Marsh area. Mainly through evidence of footprints in the mud some residents have lost fish from their ponds.
Wild rabbits can be seen all over the parish along the verge edges in the early mornings. There is a large warren located on Wanborough plain amongst the rubble of ruins from the WW2 Airfield and therefore they can easily be spotted in the fields nearby.
Apparently, we are never more than 3 meters away from a rat, in Wanborough it is not much different to anywhere else. They are there and we have to live with them.
These graceful creatures inhabit the field network to the South, East and North of the village. They can be seen running through Church Meadow and regularly cross the parish from the south of Church Road to Warneage Green and across Pack Hill
Stoats and Weasels
These little creatures are quite difficult to tell apart at a distance. One or other of them has been spotted living in the fields around Ham Road
Found all over the parish Frogspawn can be found in ponds all over the parish
Spotted in Chapel Lane and Kite Hill, these probably live all over the parish
Known to reside in gardens off Kite Hill, probably also found elsewhere.
Great Crested Newt
Known to reside in Warneage Wood and The Marsh area of the parish and are a protected species.
Wanborough Butterflies and Moths
Found all around the parish in gardens and all our green spaces from April through to October, here are some of the butterflies we have been able to identify
Chalk Hill Blue
Moths are more challenging to see than butterflies as they mostly fly at night. Keen moth spotters will make use of moth traps to help them catch and record the local population. If you have a go you, photograph them and let us know what you find. You will be surprised at just how colourful they can be.
Oak Processionary Moth
Scarlet Tiger Moth