The Wildlife Areas

About The Wildlife Areas

The formal part of The Gardens gives way to areas of naturalistic planting, incorporating regenerated willow and birch with the native woodland planting of the mound. The bee and butterfly borders, the wildlife area and the woodland glade allow visitors to experience nature in the heart of the city, at all times accompanied by birdsong from resident and migrant birds.

Featured Plants

Geulder Rose

Viburnum opulus is a small tree of woodland edges and hedgerows. The large, white flowers in June and July are followed by clusters of red berries, which are loved by birds such as Bullfinches. Its broad, lobed leaves are very recognisable when they turn brilliant red in autumn. Pollinators and birds love this plant.


Cyclamen hederifolium has pretty pink flowers which appear in the autumn, usually before the leaves, and forms a carpet in this shady woodland spot.

Hart’s Tongue Fern

Asplenium scolopendrium has lustrous, strap shaped fronds all year round, and is perfectly suited to grow throughout the woodland habitat of wildlife area.