Foxes frequent the park and may well prey on rats spotted down by the Long Pond. Muntjac deer have sometimes been spotted. There are many grey squirrels.
Please add to our records by sending us your sightings of mammals with a date and location. Use the form at the bottom of the page.
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.
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 five species of bats: Common Pipistrelle, Soprano Pipistrelle, Noctule, Brown Long-Eared and Daubenton’s.
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.
Bat Night 1st September 2023
The following species were recorded on the Brumbats walk:
Bat Night 12th May 2018
At Bat Night with Brumbats the following were recorded. We were particularly delighted with the recording of the Brown Long-Eared bat as this was a first for Highbury.
Brown Long-Eared bat
Listen to this recording of bats taken in Highbury Park on the 22nd May 2017
And here are the EcoRecord lists for bats identified in the park.
We are concerned about the possible threat to our local bat population posed by Ring-Necked Parakeets at Highbury. Please click here for more information.