The park is home to plenty of wildlife such as small rodents, squirrels and other urban wildlife. There is a wide variety of native birds like jays, robins, blackbirds and finches that make their home in the trees and bushes. Our habitat survey established that we have herring gulls and back-headed gulls present in the park, both of which are deemed to be rare species and on the RSPB protected list. No evidence of bat habitats were found in the survey. Bug-life is rich in the park and we want to encourage endangered species like bees and butterflies through our planting plans. An entire wild eco-system lives at the heart of the city, the park is a living space.
We will be able to explore and support this with the help of the Portsmouth Natural History Museum team, local wildlife groups, schools and volunteers. We will run activities that showcase the nature of the park with events such as wildlife photography workshops, tree-walks, nature trails, bird spotting classes and bug workshops.