The flowers attract many insects including butterflies such as Small Heath, Marbled White and Common Blue, and day-flying Burnet moths with their vivid red on black spots. In turn birds are attracted to the site. Yellowhammers, White-throats, Bullfinches and Linnets can often be heard calling from the scrub, Green Woodpeckers can be seen feeding on ants and Goldfinches can be seen feeding on the Teasels in Winter. What ever the season, a walk through WLNR can offer something of interest.
Common Blue Small Heath
Wildlife at the WLNR
The reserve offers a variety of habitats. Secondary ash woodland grades into thorn scrub, with mature hedgerow bounding the western edge of the site. The open habitats include 2ha of rough unimproved neutral grassland which contains the notable Grass Vetchling, an area of ruderal habitat on imported chalky substrate with Cowslips, Bee Orchids and Thyme, and a pond/scape area where Ragged Robin and Meadowsweet grows. A wide variety of other plants can be found, including Spotted Orchids, Ox-eye Daisies, Black Knapweed, Heath and Lady's Bedstrawn to name a few.