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Our wildlife

By type of site

We have many rare and protected species living on our sites, including:

Heathland sites

  • silver studded blue butterflies
  • stag beetles
  • all six species of British reptiles – smooth snake, sand lizard, slow worm, adder, common lizard and grass snake

Woodland sites

  • lesser spotted woodpecker
  • cuckoo
  • badger
  • greater horseshoe bat

Grassland sites

  • barn owl
  • great crested newt
  • green winged orchid
  • hare
  • yellowhammer
  • lapwing
  • snipe
  • hedgehog

Christchurch Harbour

Birds – the harbour is an important feeding ground for birds and 300 species have been recorded here.

  • Wintering species include shelduck, terns and Brent geese
  • Resident species include kingfisher, common sandpiper, green sandpiper and garganey
  • Migratory species include osprey

Fish – Christchurch Harbour also plays a vital role in the life cycle of several fish species. It’s an important sea and fresh water fishery, as well as a migratory route for salmon, sea trout, sea lamprey and eels.

Mammals include the bottlenose dolphin and common seal.

Plants – the harbour is also home to two rare plants: dwarf spike-rush and sea knot-grass.

Rivers and reservoirs

These habitats play host to a wide range of mammals, insects and birds, such as water vole, otter, scarce chaser dragonfly, tufted duck, garganey, wigeon, pochard duck, goosander, pintail, teal, shoveler and the gadwall.

Press Office

Journalists can contact the Press Office on 01392 443020 or via email


Should you get a water meter?

Water meters have important benefits for you, for us and for the environment as you can have more control over your water use and leaks are easier to detect.  

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