Natural History

The allotment gardens are a haven for wildlife in an urban part of Nottingham.

Teasels at the end of summer The hedgerows, which mark out the individual plots, provide an important habitat for many types of plants, insects and birds. The hedgerows are mainly made up of privet and hawthorn.

Many plots contain mature fruit trees, such as pear, apple, plum and damson. The fact that the allotments have been around with their hedgerows since the 1830s has resulted in the site containing many often quite rare or threatened species.A foxglove one of the many wild flowers on site

Surveys of the site have recorded at least 43 types of bird, including some which are under threat, such as the bullfinch, house sparrow, lesser-spotted woodpecker, marsh tit, starling, song thrush and willow tit. Bats have also been spotted.

There are many interesting insects, such as the sighting of the currant clearwing, a moth not recorded in Nottingham for over 40 years. The larvae feed in the stems of currant and gooseberry bushes, which are found on the allotments.

Ponds attract not only frogs, toads and newts, but also dragonflies and damselflies.

The gardens are also home to many wild plants and fungi species and animals such as foxes and hedgehogs, with some plots being managed as wildlife areas.