One of the most beautiful features of the New Hall Valley is it’s wildflower meadow
fields. In the summer the valley is rich with a plethora of English wildflowers,
while the wet meadows provide an excellent environment for many flowers that bloom
in such mineral rich soils.
The Plants Brook stream supports many species of wildlife and birds such as Kingfishers,
Grey Heron, Dippers, Reed Bunting, as well as Damselfly, Dragonfly, the scarce Water
Vole, and fish such as the Brook Trout.
In the spring, as the migratory birds return to the valley, the whole area is filled
with birdsong. This sees the return of Blackcaps, Whitethroat, Garden, Sedge and
Willow warblers flying in from their migrating grounds in sub-Saharan Africa, to
breed in the valley. In winter these migrants are replaced by Redwing and Fieldfare
The woodlands and scrub are home to many indigenous species like finches, thrushes,
Robins and tits. Woodpeckers, Wren and Dunnock can also be seen, while in the skies
above, Buzzards and Kestrel hunt for prey, with Sparrow Hawks swooping low over the
hedges and fields in search of food.
The great array of plant life supports vast numbers of invertebrates, butterflies
and moths, with the latter providing a nighttime snack for the local bats.
Please do not light barbecues or fires, pick flowers or leave litter in the park.
Also do not let your dog foul the paths.