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Wildlife

Within Plean Country Park you will come across a large number of animals, birds, butterflies and plants. What you see will depend on a number of things - including the time of year, the weather, how hard you look and how much noise you make.

Many of our visitors are keen to increase their knowledge of the outdoors and interested in identifying new plants and wildlife. To help you we have provided details of some of those you might find in the park.

Our younger visitors are keen to look for animals and any signs of them and so we have included a down loadable animal track sheet courtesy of the Woodland Trust.

So children, bring your chart with you, keep your eyes and ears open, don’t make too much noise, and if you are lucky you might see some of these animals.

Butterfly Orchid

Orchid in meadow at PCP for websiteThe greater butterfly orchid (Platanthera chlorantha) is an attractive orchid which has between 15 and 25 creamy-white flowers tinged with green borne on a central stem growing to a height of 30cm. It normally flowers in June and July, and has a sweet scent.

 

Grey Squirrel



grey-squirrel 2Grey Squirrel
(Sciurus carolinensis) Having been introduced from North America it is now one of the most frequently seen mammals. They build themselves a nest called a drey pretty high up in the trees usually in deciduous woodland. The nest is made of twigs and lined with dry grass, shredded bark, feathers and moss. They are most active at dawn and dusk searching for available food. They have a diet of acorns, hazelnuts, beechnuts, fungi, buds, leaves, shoots and flowers. They spend most of their time foraging and feeding on the ground rather than the trees. They are however very agile in the trees and can run along thin twigs and jump from tree to tree. They can leap for more than 6 metres (19ft 8 in).