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Date updated: 2/09/2020

The Heath has lots of different habitats for wildlife, like acid grassland, heathland, woodland, hedgerows, wildflower meadows, streams and more than 30 lakes and ponds. All these in one place - and in the middle of a city - means it's quite special and important to London and to the UK as a whole.

Those habitats are home to lots of special creatures, plants and more, like:

  • Lots of interesting mammals like moles, hedgehogs and muntjac deer
  • 650 types of wildflower
  • 180 species of bird, including kingfishers, woodpeckers and many more
  • 9 species of bat
  • 6 species of reptile, snake and amphibian
  • 25 species of butterfly
  • 18 species of dragonfly and damselfly
  • 400 species of moth
  • 650 species of beetle
  • 400 species of moth
  • 200 species of spider
  • 400 'veteran trees' full of nooks and crannies for birds, bugs and fungi to live in
  • 800 types of fungi that help invertebrates to live on old and dead trees

Creature spotting

When you spot a hedgehog, snake, reptile or amphibian, while on the Heath, you can help us identify different species, by reporting your discovries.

Watch our wildlife

Our staff and visitors are always out taking pictures. Follow us on Twitter to see all our latest snaps.