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Nature and Wildlife


Feeding the Birds at the park

For those of you who wish to feed the birds at the park we have an area near the main car park and miniature train station, which is ideal for you to get up close to the birds that are not so shy in the park. We advise that you feed them with the bird food we have at the park, (as bread is not suitable for their digestive system and their development, it can make them quiet poorly). The bird food is available to purchase at a low cost from the cafe and train station.

Nature Reserve and Species of Birds

The park has a Nature Reserve area which includes a lake that can be walked around this is an excellent place for bird watching. Over 260 species of bird have been recorded at the park since it opened. With a variety of habitats within the park, it attract a variety of different species, there are always lots of birds to see all year round. 

Spring migration sees the woodlands come alive with Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Whitethroat and Grasshopper Warbler all announcing their arrival in a cacophony of song. Robin, Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Great Tit, Chaffinch, Greenfinch and Bullfinch can also be seen flitting between branches either looking for nesting material or a hearty meal to keep them going through the winter months.
We have a great number of different hedgerows within the park and a hedge between 1.2 and 1.4 metres high proves best for nesting birds so take a close look as you walk around.

We have a bird list you can use to check off which birds you have seen in the park during your visit, download your list here

Mini Beasts and animals

We have a variety of mini beats in the park including lovely butterflies, if you wish to try and spot the different ones during your visit please download your Butterfly list here

The grasslands provide a home to a wide variety of insects and other invertebrates. Small mammals such as mice, voles, shrews also occur in large numbers as well as bigger animals such as Rabbit, Hare, Kestrel and Skylark. In areas where the vegetation has been cut and allowed to rot grass snakes can sometimes be seen.

The grasslands are carefully managed with animals such as sheep and highland cattle.



Public Consultation for Camping and Caravan Development

24th January 2018

Published: 11/01/2018 13:46 by Ian Dixon

Meeting Rooms For Hire / Training Rooms for Hire

Meeting Rooms for Hire / Training Rooms for Hire

Published: 05/01/2018 13:26 by Joanne Edley

Craft Units for Hire

Craft Units

Published: 05/01/2018 05:30 by Ian Dixon

Autumn and Winter Opening Times

The seasons are changing and so are our opening hours, here are our latest times...

Published: 29/09/2017 11:12 by Jon Hinchcliffe


At our Cycle Centre we have a fantastic range of cycles available for you to hire. Mountain bikes, child trailers, family cycles and adapted accessibility bikes, there is something for everyone.

Published: 05/05/2017 14:08 by Joanne Edley


28th April 2018 5K Colour Dash for Bluebell Wood Hospice

Colour Dash event returns to Rother Valley Country Park

Published: 03/01/2018 14:30 by Adam Taylor

20th May    Neurocare Headstart 10K and 5K

Warm up and entertainment starts from 9 am at Northern Lake - 10K 9.30 am start • 5K 11 am start

Published: 03/01/2018 14:29 by Adam Taylor

16th June   3 Lakes Classic Run (Approx 15 miles)

16th June   3 Lakes Classic Run (Approx 15 miles)

Published: 03/01/2018 14:27 by Joanne Edley

24th & 25th June   Hovercraft Championships

24th & 25th June   Hovercraft Championships

Published: 03/01/2018 14:26 by Joanne Edley

30th June  Color Obstacle Rush

30th June   Color Obstacle Rush

Published: 03/01/2018 14:25 by Joanne Edley

8th July Mercy 4 Mankind Charity Challenge

8th July Mercy 4 mankind Charity Challenge

Published: 03/01/2018 14:24 by Joanne Edley

12th August   5K Big Fun Run and 5K Dog Jog 

12th August   5K Big Fun Run and 5K Dog Jog 

Published: 03/01/2018 14:22 by Joanne Edley

8th September Gung-Ho!

8th September Gung-Ho!

Published: 03/01/2018 14:20 by Joanne Edley

25th,26th and 27th August National Meeting of Newfoundland Friends

25th, 26th and 27th August National Meeting of Newfoundland Friends

Published: 03/01/2018 14:19 by Joanne Edley

23rd September Global Energy Race 3K, 5K and 10K distances

Global Energy Race 3K 5K and 10K distances

Published: 03/01/2018 14:14 by Ian Dixon



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