Nature

Hadleigh Park is a nationally important wildlife site spanning over 500 acres with a wonderful range of both flora and fauna.

The variety of habitats that we have include woodland, grassland, scrub, hedges, grazing marsh, sea wall, saltmarsh, ditches and ponds mean we have several very rare species, such as the Deptford Pink.

We are also the only UK site for Hartwort and other rare plants such as the Hairy Vetchling and Bithynian Vetch.

  • Blackthorn

    Family: Rose Average Height: 4m Distinctive features: Small ovular leaves with fine jagged edges, all limbs are covered in thorns…

    Silver Birch

    Family: Birch Average Height: 15-30m Distinctive features: Silver bark Top uses: Bark naturally peels and is excellent for fire lighting….

    Ash

    Family: Ash Average Height: 40m Distinctive features: Leaves are long and come in 4 and 6 pairs along a stalk…

    Common Alder

    Family: Birch Average Height: 22m Distinctive features: Round leaves, bark is rough and sprouts new shoots. Top uses: Alder does…

    Marsh Frog

    Much larger than the common frog, marsh frogs can be distinguished by their pointed snouts and lack of a black…

    Great Crested Newt

    This is the largest British newt, reaching about 16cm in length. Great crested newts are black with a dark-spotted golden…

    Smooth newt

    The smooth newt has soft skin and a tail flattened at the sides. They are generally a yellow-olive colour with…

    Common lizard

    Common lizards are usually a dull brown in colour with possible red, yellow, grey or green tinting. They can reach…

    Slow worm

    Slow worms are sleek thin lizards resembling snakes. Adults vary in colour between bronze and silver. Females tend to have…