Most Wanted

Below is a list of the ten most scarce plants, animals and birds in the county borough and the reasons why they are in decline. Please contact the biodiversity team if you have seen any of them.

 

Barn Owl

Barn Owl

Status in Caerphilly - Scarce
Reason - Lack of places to nest like old barns and loss of places to hunt.

Bee Orchid

Bee Orchid (single flower detail)

Status in Caerphilly - Scarce
Reason - Lack of records. Found on limestone grasslands, occasionally on road and railway verges, quarries and woods.

Brown Hare

Brown Hare

Status in Caerphilly - Scarce
Reason - Changes in the way crops are grown.

Common Doormouse

Common Dormouse

Status in Caerphilly - Rare
Reason - Changes in the way we look after our woodlands.

Cowslip

Cowslip

Status in Caerphilly - Scarce
Reason - Lack of records. Usually found in old meadows and on field banks, roadside verges and beside railway tracks.

Grass Snake

Grass Snake

Status in Caerphilly - Threatened
Reason - Loss of old grasslands. Killed through our fear. Don't be afraid they are NOT poisonous!

Great Crested Newt

Great Crested Newt

Status in Caerphilly - Scarce
Reason - Loss of ponds and surrounding wetland plants.

High Brown Fritillary

High Brown Fritillary

Status in Caerphilly - Rare
Reason - Changes in the way we look after our woodlands. Our most endangered butterfly.

Lapwing

Lapwing

Status in Caerphilly - Rare
Reason - Changing use of farmland. Caerphilly has largest population in the South Wales valleys.

Marsh Fritillary

Marsh Fritillary

Status in Caerphilly - Rare
Reason - Loss of marshy grassland where it grows. Caerphilly has the largest population in the South Wales valleys.

Nightjar

Nightjar

Status in Caerphilly - Rare
Reason - Loss of young woodland and changes in the way we look after our woods.

Otter

Otter

Status in Caerphilly - Threatened
Reason - Polluted rivers and few places to make their homes (holts).

Skylark

Skylark

Status in Caerphilly - Threatened
Reason - Changes in the way we farm. Still found on common land.

Water Vole

Water Vole

Status in Caerphilly - Rare
Reason - Polluted rivers and loss of riverside habitat.

Yellow Rattle

Yellow Rattle (single flower detail)

Status in Caerphilly - Scarce
Reason - Loss of old meadows.

 

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