Category Archives: Wildlife

Wildlife Crime

If you are concerned about wildlife crime or would like more information about what to do if you see a wildlife crime taking place please see the information on this page on the Chichester District Council website.

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Butterflies and Moths (Lepidoptera) of the Manhood Peninsula

Peacock Inachis io A very common and beautiful butterfly often seen in our area from around July to November and February to May.  The caterpillars are black and spiky, their food plant is the common nettle

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Reptiles

Reptiles are characterised by their dry, scaly skin that can retain water, allowing them to inhabit some of the driest places on earth. They usually mate on land and depending on the species, either lay eggs (i.e. grass snake and … Continue reading

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Slow Worm

Slow Worm Anguis fragilis – Grows up to 50cm long and give birth to live young. Eats slugs, and other small animals.

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Common Lizard

The Common Lizard Lacerta vivipara – is very agile and lives in a multitude of habitats.

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Sand Lizard

Sand Lizard Lacerta agilis – Grows up to 18cm (tail = 9cm) and the young hatch from eggs.

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Smooth Snake

Smooth Snake Caronella austriaca – Grows up to 60cm long and gives birth to live young.

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Adder (Viper)

Adder (Viper) Vipera berus is a shorter and stockier snake, with a distinctive central zig-zag pattern down the back.

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Grass Snake

Grass Snake Natrix natrix – Typically green to brown or grey but variable and a yellow and back stripe behind the head.

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Barn Owls

The barn owl is a farmland bird, hunting small mammals over rough grassland and along field edges. The population has declined as a result caused by changes in farming practices and loss of habitat. Barn owls have legal protection and … Continue reading

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