Flora & Fauna
Friends of Hartlebury Common
Over 110 species of bird have been recorded at Hartlebury Common and the adjoining Hillditch Pool & Coppice. The diverse mix of habitats make it an important local site for birdlife, in particular some of our declining arable birds such as Yellowhammer and Linnet. Both species breed in good numbers on the reserve. In summertime the common plays host to large numbers of warblers that visit to breed with Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs, Common Whitethroats, Garden Warblers, Lesser Whitethroats and Willow Warblers all present. Another summer visitor that may be encountered is Spotted Flycatcher which breeds near the oak woodland at the southeast corner of the site and one of our most recognisable summer visitors the Cuckoo can be heard on the common annually. The short lawns between the heaths are favoured feeding areas of two of the commons more colourful resident species the Green Woodpecker and the Jay. One of our most recognisable raptors the Kestrel can often be seen hovering over the heath land as it looks for prey. A visit to the nearby Hillditch Pool will occasionally give views of a Kingfisher as it passes through following the course of Titton Brook.
One of our most familar and common birds. You could see it anywhere from your garden to the remotest Scotish islands.
It is very frequently found in all areas of the common and can be seen all the year round.
Hartlebury Common is one of the best place in the area to see (or hear) a Willow Warbler. It is a summer visitor and can be seen from
April to September. It is practically indistinguishable from the Chiffchaff and is best identified by a totally different song.
Listen to the songs here
on the British Trust for Ornothology website.
For a map of Hartlebury Common showing compartments click here