Wildlife

This ancient route has existed for hundreds of years and is an important part of the “Green Corridors” around Basingstoke – see the map on the right of this page.

We are always keen to know about wildlife sightings from our supporters and users of Fuzzy Drove.  If you spot any wildlife in Fuzzy Drove or adjacent gardens please use the Wildlife reporting form at the bottom of this page and tell us what you saw and the date you saw it.

Fuzzy Drove provides a habitat for a variety of wildlife.  Hopefully, as we begin to achieve our vision of creating a more bio-diverse environment, we will start to see the arrival of new species of bird, butterfly or small mammals.

So far we know that Fuzzy Drove provides a home to:

Mammals: Foxes; Hedgehogs (click here for more information about our recent hedgehog survey); Bats (2 different species – but we don’t yet know which ones – we now have a supporter with a bat detector so hopefully we will find out soon)

Amphibians:  Frogs; Toads; Common Newt

Birds:  Blackbird; Blackcap; Blue tit; Bullfinch; Buzzard (flying over); Carrion crow; Chaffinch; Coal tit; Goldfinch; Great tit; Greater spotted woodpecker; Green woodpecker; Greenfinch; Hedge sparrow; Heron (flying over) House martins; House sparrow; Jay; Long tailed tit; Magpie; Pheasant; Red kite (flying over); Red-legged partridge, Robin; Siskin; Skylark; Song thrush; Sparrowhawk; Spotted flycatcher; Starling; Tawny Owl; Warbler (species not identified); Wren

Plants

Fuzzy Drove is populated by stretches of hedgerow species, mainly hazel (Corylus avellana) and hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna), planted sparsely along the drove.

The hedgerow contains mature trees predominantly of oak (Quercus sp.) and ash (Fraxinus excelsior), especially towards the western end of the drove.

Other abundant species within the hedgerow include elder (Sambucus nigra) and holly (Ilex aquifolium).

The following web resources from the Woodland Trust are useful if you would like to identify the trees and shrubs in Fuzzy Drove for yourself.

Identifying twigs

Identifying leaves