Mammals

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.

Bats

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:
Common Pipistrelle
Soprano Pipistrelle
Noctule

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.

Common Pipistrelle
Noctule
Brown Long-Eared bat

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

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And here are the EcoRecord lists for bats identified in the park.

Bat records from EcoRecord

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.

16 Comments

  • admin

    How lovely! We have been told by the Wildlife Trust that muntjac deer are now widespread right across the West Midlands, and frequently visit gardens, too. There are certainly good numbers of them through the green corridors of South Birmingham

  • Catherine J-H

    I have been surprising a little Muntjac on my morning run at around 5:30 along Whitlock lane

  • admin

    Thanks so much for letting us know, Lauren. There have been sightings of Muntjac in the park in the past, but not for a while. I saw one on Billesley Common during lockdown and I understand they are all over the West Midlands now and in people’s gardens, but everyone can keep their eyes open for them at Highbury now

  • Lauren Henrick

    I live on Westfield road and Highbury park is opposite my house, on the other side of the railway line. Today 18-May-2021 around 14:30, i saw a deer walking along the railway. Upon googling it, i believe it to be a Munjtjac deer. I then saw it dissapear towards the park

  • robert

    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

  • Paul

    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?

  • iain varney

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

  • Ash

    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!!

  • Ralph

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

  • jill

    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

  • David

    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!

  • iain varney

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

  • Damian Webb

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

  • P.B

    Hi,
    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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