Rockingham Forest
Rockingham, Northamptonshire, England, UK.
Checkered Skipper © Aah-Yeah cc

Polecat

Mustela putorius

Family: Mustelidae

Habitat: Farmland, woodland margin, river banks and marshes.

Food: Small rodents, birds, amphibians, reptiles and insects.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Nocturnal but can be observed at dawn and dusk. They use a keen sense of smell to locate their prey. They mark their territory with a pungent musky smell.

Polecat (Mustela putorius) ♂ © MTM arr

Red Fox

Vulpes vulpes crucigera

Family: Canidae

Habitat: Farmland, gardens and parks, woodland, heathland, grassland, sand dunes and sea cliffs.

Size: Height 35-50 cm (14-20 in). Length 45-90 cm (18-35 in). Tail 30-56 cm (12-22 in).

Food: Rodents, rabbits, birds, fruit and vegetables, fish, frogs, and worms.

Sound: Vocal range of five octaves. Various barks and screams.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes crucigera) ♀ © MTM arr

Grey Squirrel

Sciurus carolinensis

Family: Sciuridae

Habitat: Woodland and gardens and parks.

Size: Length 23-30 cm (9.1-11.8 in). Tail 19-25 cm (7.5-9.8 in).

Food: Tree bark, buds, berries, seeds, acorns, walnuts, and other nuts, and fungi.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Each grey squirrel makes several thousand small caches of hidden food every summer. Their nests or dreys are made of twigs and leaves often in the forks of trees. They are crepuscular and do not hibernate.

Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) © MTM arr

Rabbit

Oryctolagus cuniculus

Family: Leporidae (Hares and Rabbits)

Habitat: Farmland, gardens and parks, grasslands, meadows and orchards.

Food: Mainly grasses but also leaves, buds, tree bark, roots, lettuce, cabbage, root vegetables, and grains.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Near Threatened

Sociable mammals, they dig a network of burrows, called warrens, where they live in medium sized colonies safe from some predators such as birds of prey. Although mainly crepuscular they are also active during the day.

Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) © MTM arr

Fallow Deer

Dama dama

Family: Cervidae (Deer)

Habitat: Grasslands, lowland mixed deciduous, wood-pasture and parkland and woodland clearings and edges.

Food: Grass.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Fallow deer were introduced into southern England in the 1st century AD by the Romans. The male deer is a buck and the female deer a doe. Only the male has antlers. Fallow deer can run at 30 mph and jump almost six foot high.

Fallow Deer (Dama dama) © Rob Bendall

Reeves's Muntjac Deer

Muntiacus reevesi

Family: Cervidae (Deer)

Habitat: Grassland and woodland.

Size: Height (shoulder) ♀ 50 cm ( 20 in ). Antlers 10 cm (4 in).

Food: Herbs, blossoms, succulent shoots, grasses and nuts.

Sound: Loud bark.

Season: All year round.

Also called the barking deer sika are native tosouth eastern china and Taiwan. They were introduced to Great Britain (Woburn Abbey) in the early 20th century. Deliberate releases and escapes led to the wild population.

Reeves's Muntjac Deer (Muntiacus reevesi) © Peter O'Connor cc

Badger

Meles meles

Family: Mustelidae

Habitat: Woodland and scrub.

Food: Earthworms, insects, fruit, carrion, cereals and fruit.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Badgers are sociable forming groups of around six adults. They are burrowing animals and construct complicated setts which are passed down the generations. They typically emerge late afternoon.

Badger (Meles meles meles) ♀ © MTM arr

Siskin

Spinus spinus

Family: Fringillidae (Finches)

Habitat: Gardens and parks, woodland, native pine woods and coniferous woods.

Food: Seeds of conifer, alders and birch, and insects.

Voice: Continuous twittering.

Season: All year round. Winters in some areas.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A small lively finch. Acrobatic feeder that often hangs upside down. Rapid bounding flight.

Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus) ♀ © Sławek Staszczuk cc

Buzzard

Buteo buteo

Family: Accipitridae (Hawks and eagles)

Habitat: Coastal, farmland, grassland, heathland and woodland.

Size: Length 40-58 cm (16-23 in). Wingspan 109-136 cm (43-54 in).

Food: Small mammals, birds, carrion, earthworms and large insects.

Voice: Cat like mewing.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Takes off with distinctive slow wing beats, often circling or hovering. Frequently uses fence posts or similar as look-outs.

Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo) © Aviceda cc

Tawny Owl

Strix aluco

Family: Strigidae (True owls)

Habitat: Gardens and parks, woodland, lowland mixed deciduous, coniferous woods and deciduous woods.

Size: Length 37-46 cm (15-18 in). Wingspan 81-105 cm (32-41 in)

Food: Small mammals and rodents, small birds, frogs, fish, insects and worms.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Tawny Owl (Strix aluco) © dingopup cc

Adder

Vipera berus

Family: Viperidae

Habitat: Heathlands, meadows, woodland, hedgerows, lowland calcareous grassland and dune heath.

Size: Length 60 cm (24 in).

Food: Small mammals, birds, lizards, amphibians and slow worms.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Adders are not usually aggressive, tending to be rather timid and biting only when cornered or alarmed. The venom toxicity is relatively low however there have been fatalities.

Adder (Vipera berus) © Chris Parker cc

Grass Snake

Natrix natrix

Family: Viperidae

Habitat: Woodland and ponds.

Size: Length ♀ 90-110 cm (35in-43 in) ♂ 50 cm (20 in). 75 5 7.3 7.5

Food: Amphibians, ants and larvae.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Grass snakes are strong swimmers and are also called the water snake.

Some have been recorded over 190cm (75in) long.

Grass Snake (Natrix natrix) © photo by Swallowtall Garden Seeds PD

Slow-worm

Anguis fragilis

Family: Anguidae

Season: All year round.

Slow-worm (Anguis fragilis) © Gail Hampshire cc

White Admiral

Limenitis camilla

Family: Nymphalidae (Brush-footed)

Habitat: Woodland.

Size: Length 30 mm (1.2 in)

Food: Bramble blossom, honeydew and honeysuckle (Lonicera).

Flight: Early June to late August.

Underside of wings are orange brown. Glides elegantly and basks in dappled shade.

White Admiral (Limenitis camilla) © D. Gordon E. Robertson cc

Red Admiral

Vanessa atalanta

Family: Nymphalidae (Brush-footed)

Habitat: Gardens and parks, meadows, coastal and sea cliffs.

Size: Length 30 mm (1.2 in.) Wingspan ♀ 70-78 mm (2.8-3.1 In.). ♂ 64-72 mm (2.5-2.8 In.)

Food: Stinging nettle and ivy.

Flight: Early May to late October.

Both a resident and a migrant butterfly.

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) © MTM arr

Small Copper

Lycaena phlaeas

Family: Lycaenidae (Blue)

Habitat: Grassland, heathland, woodland and lowland calcareous grassland.

Size: Length 14 mm (0.6 in).

Food: Sorrels and docks.

Flight: Early February to late November. In two or three broods.

A very active little butterfly that moves from plant to plant feeding and occasionally basking in the sunlight. Males are very territorial.

Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas) © MTM arr

Painted Lady

Vanessa cardui

Family: Nymphalidae (Brush-footed)

Habitat: Gardens and parks and meadows.

Size: Length 30 mm.

Food: Stinging nettle.

Flight: Early April to late October. April till October.

A fast flying butterfly that has a spectacular migration from Africa to Europe each spring, flying at altitudes of up to 3,000 feet, and speeds of up to 30 mph.

Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) ♂ © photo by Tetzner Thomas

Chequered Skipper

Carterocephalus palaemon

Family: Hesperiidae (Skipper)

Habitat: Woodland clearings and edges.

Size: Wingspan: 29-31mm (1.2 in).

Food: Grasses Purple Moor-grass (Molinia caerulea), False Brome (Brachypodium sylvaticum).

Flight: Early May to early July.

Extinct in England since 1976, it has just been reintroduced to Rockingham Forest in Northamptonshire.

Chequered Skipper (Carterocephalus palaemon) © Aah-Yeah cc

English Oak

Quercus robur

Family: Fagaceae (Beeches, oaks et al)

Habitat: Woodland, grassland and hedgerows.

Flowering Period: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

The English Oak, a large deciduous tree,is also called the pedunculate oak due to its pedunculate (stalked) acorns. Its leaves have a very short stalk 38 mm. It is the most common tree species in the UK with one specimen, the Majesty Oak havinga circumference of 12.2 m.

Bowthorpe Oak in Lincolnshire is estimated to be 1,000 years oldmaking it the oldest in the UK.

It provides a habitat for 170 species.

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English Oak (Quercus robur) © MTM arr

Ash

Fraxinus excelsior

Family: Oleaceae

Habitat: Gardens and parks, woodland, lowland mixed deciduous, wood-pasture and parkland and deciduous woods.

Size: Height 12-43 m (39-141 ft). Leaf length 20-35 cm (7.9-13.8 in).

Flowering Period: All year round.

Some ash trees live for over 250 years.

Ash dieback, caused by the fungus Hymenoscyphus fraxineus, has caused the widespread death of ash trees. 130 million trees in the UK are under threat.

Several Lepidoptera use the species as a food source including dingy skipper, duke of burgundy, grayling, high brown fritillary, northern brown argus, pearl-bordered fritillary, small pearl-bordered fritillary and white-letter hairstreak.

Ash (Fraxinus excelsior) © Joan Simon cc

Silver Birch

Betula pendula

Family: Betulaceae (Birch)

Habitat: Gardens and parks, grasslands, towns and gardens, woodland, upland birchwoods and wood-pasture and parkland.

Flowering Period: All year round.

Ahardy medium-sized deciduous tree named after its silvery-white peeling bark. The tree's open canopy enables plenty of light to reach the ground for a variety of mosses, grasses and flowering plants to grow which in turn attract insects. Birds often found in birch woodland include the chaffinch, tree pipit, willow warbler, nightingale, robin, woodcock, redpoll and green woodpecker.

Silver Birch (Betula pendula) © MTM arr

Hazel

Corylus avellana

Family: Betulaceae (Birch)

Habitat: Woodland and hedgerows.

Flowering Period: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Hazelnuts are rich in protein and unsaturated fat and contain significant amounts of manganese, copper, vitamin E, thiamine, and magnesium.

Hazel provides both a habitat and food source for the hazel dormouse (Muscardinus avellanarius).

Hazel (Corylus avellana) ©
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About

Rockingham Forest is a former royal hunting forest with an area of some 200 square miles (500 square km) lying between the River Welland and the River Nene. It consists of farmland, open pasture, pockets of woodland and villages built from local stone.

Access to Rockingham Forest is free.


Charity link
https://www.nspcc.org.uk

Places to visit nearby
Lyveden New Bield   1.39 miles (2.24 km)
Lyveden New Bield, Harley Way, Brigstock, Northamptonshire, PE8 5AT, England, UK.
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Lyveden New Bield is cared for and maintained by the National Trust.

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Titchmarsh   3.87 miles (6.23 km)
Titchmarsh, A605, Aldwincle, Northamptonshire, NN14 3EE, England, UK.
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Titchmarsh is a nature reserve cared for and maintained by Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire.

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Eleanor Cross   3.99 miles (6.42 km)
Eleanor Cross, Chase Farm, Geddington, Northamptonshire, NN14 1AJ, England, UK.
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Eleanor Cross is cared for and maintained by English Heritage.

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Twywell Hills and Dales   4.38 miles (7.05 km)
Twywell Hills and Dales, A14, Twywell, Northamptonshire, NN14 3AN, England, UK.
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Twywell Hills and Dales is a nature reserve cared for and maintained by Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire.

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Glapthorn Cow Pastures   4.61 miles (7.42 km)
Glapthorn Cow Pastures, Causin Way, Glapthorn, Northamptonshire, PE8 5BH, England, UK.
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Glapthorn Cow Pastures is a nature reserve cared for and maintained by Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire.

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Kirby Hall   5.43 miles (8.74 km)
Kirby Hall, Kirby Lane, Gretton, Northamptonshire, NN17 3EN, England, UK.
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Kirby Hall is cared for and maintained by English Heritage.

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Great Oakley Meadow   6.01 miles (9.67 km)
Great Oakley Meadow, Harden Close, Great Oakley, Northamptonshire, NN18 8JW, England, UK.
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Great Oakley Meadow is a nature reserve cared for and maintained by Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire.

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Places to stay nearby
The Talbot Hotel   5.57 miles (8.96 km)
New St PE8 4EA
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The Talbot Hotel

Premier Inn Corby   6.20 miles (9.97 km)
Corby Premier Inn, Uppingham Road, Rushton, Northamptonshire, NN14 1QT, England, UK.
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The Premier Inn Corby is part of the Premier Inn group.

Premier Inn Corby

Barton Hall Hotel   6.32 miles (10.17 km)
Barton Rd, Barton Seagrave NN15 6SG
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Barton Hall Hotel

Naseby Hotel   6.91 miles (11.11 km)
Sheep St NN16 OAN
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Naseby Hotel

Premier Inn Kettering   7.49 miles (12.06 km)
Kettering Premier Inn, A14, Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN16 8FX, England, UK.
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The Premier Inn Kettering is part of the Premier Inn group.

Premier Inn Kettering

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