Foxes frequent the park and may well prey on rats spotted down by the Long Pond. Munjtjac deer have occasionally been spotted in the park.

Please add to our records for the park by sending us your sightings of mammals with a date (and rough location if possible).


The park is ideal for bats. They may roost in older trees, especially if there is loose bark or cosy, dry holes. In the evenings they feed on the myriad insect life that is all but invisible to us diurnal bipeds.

For some years we have monitored species of bats in the park through holding an annual bat walk with the help of Brumbats.  So far we have recorded four species of bats; Common Pipistrelle, Soprano Pipistrelle, Noctule and Daubentons.  We have also put up some bat boxes to improve roosting habitats.  We extend a huge thank you to Brumbats for all the help they have given us.  The bat walks are open to all, if you would like to join us look out for the next date.

May 12th 2018.

At Bat night with Brumbats the following were recorded. We were particularly  delighted with the recording of the Brown Long-eared bat is this was a first for Highbury

Common Pipistrelle
Brown Long-eared bat

Listen to this recording of bats taken in Highbury Park on the 22nd May 2017


And here are the EcoRecords for bats identified in the park.

Bat records

12 comments for “Mammals

  1. robert
    27/06/2011 at 16:51

    hello all, i walk my dog every morning around the central lake and on one morning i saw a mink and its baby hunting round the edges, should the council be informed been as though they are a non native species and are very damaging to river/pond ecosystems

  2. Paul
    30/01/2011 at 19:21

    walking around the ponds today we spotted an Otter poking his head out of one of the drains that runs into the pond. As the pond was iced over he scampered across the ice to the other side where it found a hole to dive into. Has anyone else seen Otters here before?

  3. iain varney
    29/12/2010 at 19:36

    in the last month i have seen harvestmice in the rassberrys along the path from the main roud

  4. Ash
    27/08/2010 at 21:54

    I thought I saw a deer in the park by the lake on aug 12th but couldn’t be sure.
    Thank you as I thought I was hallucinating!!

  5. Ralph
    22/08/2010 at 11:29

    I saw the deer on Wednesday August 18th on the trail leading down to the bee hives.

  6. David
    17/08/2010 at 21:18

    Someone else also reported seeing it today.

  7. jill
    17/08/2010 at 21:00

    last night i spotted a small deer on the far side of the big lake and tonight my daughter came back and said she had also seen it in the same location

  8. David
    09/08/2010 at 18:02

    There have been reports of muntjac (or monkjack) along the railway, as deer like to travel along the verges. Do you think that’s what it was?

    If you saw one on the other side of the park, that would be even more curious and interesting!

  9. iain varney
    09/08/2010 at 17:39

    i know this sounds strange but today i saw a small deer, i think it was a mookjac but i dont know

  10. iain varney
    29/03/2010 at 23:10

    i have seen bats over the lilly pond in the summer.

  11. Damian Webb
    25/06/2008 at 15:35

    I have seen rabbits in the park very early in the morning near the railway track.

  12. P.B
    18/02/2008 at 10:18

    Whilst feeding the ducks on Saturday evening we saw a mink. We were lucky enough to see it catch its dinner and do some pretty impressive water roles.

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