Whittleford Park is a 43 hectare open, green space which sits between the Stockingford and Camp Hill areas of Nuneaton. This wonderful open space was once the home of both coal mining and brick and tile making but in recent times has been reclaimed by nature and the local community.
The site is owned and managed by Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council and with the support of the Friends of Whittleford Park are slowing working towards this becoming the Borough’s leading urban country park.
The majority of the site is dedicated as a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC) – these are areas of land and wetland of local importance for the conservation of semi-natural habitats including mosaics of heathland, unimproved grassland, scrubland and plantation and/or habitats which support rare local wildlife species.
Whittleford Park is mainly scrubby woodland and neutral grassland, but there are also areas of tall herb, standing water, swamp, willow carr and acid grassland.
What will you find at Whittleford Park today?
Lakes, pools and brooks…..
- Clay Pool, a pit formed when clay was extracted for brick making and filled with water
- The balancing lake which was created to help absorb run off from local housing estates and relieve the localised flooding problem
- Bar Pool Brook which runs the length of the site east to west
- Marshy areas located to the west of the site close to Kingfisher Avenue
Trees, scrub and grass meadows…..
- Gorse Valley , which sits on the opposite side of Queen Elizabeth Road to the rest of the park, is a habitat rarely found in Warwickshire and is likely to be one of the largest extents of gorse scrub in the whole county.
- There is a small area of mature woodland, including oak, birch and hazel which is thought to be a remnant of ‘Haunch Wood’ – a once extensive woodland dating from at least the 14th Century.
All of these habitats support a large variety of both flora and fauna, including 166 plant species.
Butterflies, birds and reptiles…..
There are over 20 species of moths and butterflies in the park including the Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Peacock, Small White, Green-veined White, Chimney Sweeper, Latticed Heath, Burnet Companion
Dragonflies and Damselflies flit through the skies above the water ways including Emperor, Broad bodied Chaser, Southern Hawker, Brown Hawker, Common Darter, Black Tailed Skimmer, Azure Damselfly, Ruddy Darter, Common Blue Damselfy
The Common Toad and the Common Frog can be found taking advantage of the water ways whilst many birds soar through the park enjoying the open space and plentiful food supplies. Swans nest at the Bar Pool Balancing Lake whilst the Little Grebes take full advantage of the lakes and pools as they dive for food.
There are also several species which are rare to Warwickshire, including the Common Lizard and Bee Orchid.