Silverdale Country Park to be considered as a site that has significant invertebrate interest” 

(Jones & Cheeseborough, 2012).

A Special Habitat

Silverdale Country Park has a wealth of wildlife which has been recorded by both professional and dedicated expert amateur wildlife recorders. With it's pools, plateaus, natural grasses, wildflowers and young trees, the park is an attractive home for many rare and endangered species of birds and beasts. 


Silverdale Country Park is particularly important for birds that use the park for breeding on its wetlands and grasslands. Silverdale is also a key stop over point during the bird migrations. At different times of year the following birds have been recorded onsite at Silverdale (each of them with legal designations as rare or threatened):

Video courtesy of Peter Durnall

16 x UK Biodiversity Action Plan Priority species of bird:

Cuckoo, Fieldfare, Grasshopper Warbler, Herring Gull, Lapwing, Linnet, Red Backed Shrike, Redwing, Ring Ouzel, Skylark, Song Thrush, Starling, Tree Pipit, Tree Sparrow, Whimbrel & Willow Tit.

41 x UK Biodiversity Action Plan species of conservation concern of bird:

Barn Owl, Bulfinch, Common Sandpiper, Curlew, Dunnock, Golden Plover, Green Woodpecker, Grey Lag Goose, Grey Wagtail, Black Headed Gull, Common Gull, Great Black Backed Gull, Iceland Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Yellow Legged Gull, Glaucous Gull, House Martin, Jack Snipe, Kestrel, Little Egret, Little Grebe, Mallard, Meadow Pipit, Merlin, Pintail, Pochard, Red Kite, Redstart, Reed Bunting, Short Eared Owl, Snipe, Swallow, Swift, Teal, Tufted Duck, Wheatear, Whinchat, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler & Woodlark.

12x Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 Schedule1 protected birds (only listed below those not listed as UKBAP species):

Crossbill, Hobby & Little Ringed Plover.

The following species of rare invertebrate have been recorded onsite:

Solitary bees and wasps i.e. the nationally scarce; Chrysis viridula.

Spider hunting wasps: the scarce; Ceropales maculata and nationally scarce; Anoplius concinuus.

Diptera such as: the snail-killing fly Tetanocera punctifrons, the soldier fly Oxycera morrisii, the hoverfly Cheilosia nebulosa and the picture wing Noeeta pupillata. Also; Conisternum decipiens, Hydrophorus balticus, Oxycera rara, Pherbellia schoenherri and Orthonevra nobilis.

In addition to the species above Silverdale also hosts a variety of legally protected species of mammal, amphibian and butterfly such as:

4 x UKBAP priority species of butterfly and moth:

Dingy Skipper, Small Heath and Cinnabar Moth.

2 x UKBAP priority species of amphibian; Great crested newt and Common toad plus Smooth Newt.

6x species of Bat including Pipistrelle and Noctule and 1 x UKBAP priority species of mammal the Brown Hare.