Blackley Forest is designated a Grade B Site of Biological Importance.

Animals and Birds

Our latest ecological survey shows that it is home to the

following wildlife:

  • 4 species of bat... so be sure to book your place on one of our popular bat walks during the summer months.

  • 30 breeding species of birds including approximately 30 breeding pairs of Wrens.

  • At least one Kingfisher, a sure sign of improving water quality in the river!

  • Approximately 200 species of Invertebrates have been recorded including Dragonflyand Damselfly

Click here for a wildlife tick list

You can find out more about some of the bird species you will see in the forest at this new BBC webpage:www.bbc.co.uk/nature

Helping Wildlife in Your Garden

Come along to any of our open days and events and find out more about how you can help nature and make your own bird nesting box or bug house!

For details of our next event click here:

Hedgehog numbers have declined by up to 50% in some areas of the UK in the last 25 years.

You can help by making small changes in your garden and local area, such as creating a small gap in your fence to allow hedgehogs to travel from garden to garden.

For more details visit the Hedgehog Street website: www.hedgehogstreet.org


The forest is home to at least 241 species of plants and includes a wide range of habitats including planted and semi-natural woodland and species-rich neutral grasslands, open water and wetland communities.

The main tree canopy species are:

  • Beech

  • Silver and Downy Birch

  • Ash and Alder

  • Common and Sessile Oak

  • Willow

We are working to encourage a wider range of ground flora species. The damp slopes and the marginal swamps of the fishing reservoirs are good places to find many different species, including:

  • Anemone

  • Marsh Marigold,

  • Lesser Celandine

  • Large Bittercress

  • Wood Horsetail

  • Yellow Pimpernel

  • Water Plantain

  • Yellow Flag

  • Yellow Water Lily

Top left: Brown Hawker Dragonfly

Centre: Ground flora

Bottom: Toad

Photos: Sarah Griffiths

Are you visiting the forest?

Click here to download your SIGHTING PACK which includes a list of birds, animals and insects to look out for and a sheet to record which ones you see!