Conservation at Brookside

Here at Brookside Country Park we take our role of conservation very seriously. Being part of the local community and making sure we keep the park as naturally balanced is important to us all. This page is dedicated to helping anyone who visits the park understand our roles and responsibilities. As well as links to national data bases on wildlife surveys you can also log and record local wildlife found on the park. We can also add any photos of the local wildlife you take to our gallery.

Our website has local walks that are downloadable and have interesting nature spots in them. You can also pick up laminated copies at the office to cut down on paper.

Hedgehog Feeding
David Bellamy

Our Environmental Policy can also be found on our website. This explains future plans and what we already do to sustain the local environment.

We are always open to ideas and welcome any input.

National surveys are the best way to track decline in native species and also increases in population. We have links to two major UK websites dedicated to collating information vital to improving wildlife nationally.

The links below will take you to these websites and numerous surveys that they hold. If you’re here for a few days and have a spare couple of hours you can help them by taking an interest in one or more of the surveys:   

There are also lots of handy tips and information to look through. Don’t forget if computers are not your thing come along to reception we can set you up with a counting sheet and can input the data for you at your convenience.

Some photos from around the Park


Popular animal species to look out for on the park. Take a walk around the woods at the far end of the park to see an array of wildlife. If you see any hedgehogs out in peak daytime please let reception know.
Popular flowers/herbs/plants/trees to look out for on the park & surrounding area:

Spring Flowers

Early Summer Flowers


Popular birds to look out for on the park. We have many bird boxes and bat boxes around the park, come to reception for a map of where to find them.


Popular insects to look out for on the park. Check out our Wildflower garden and insect hotels located at the top of the hill past the holiday homes.

Best Plants for Bees and Butterflies

As part of our ongoing conservation initiative we have planted several species of plant and flowers that sustain our insect and bird wildlife. If you would like to know more information on these varieties for your own future planting please see the link below:

10 Best Plants for Bees and Butterflies

Herbs are exceptionally good in the garden as they feed and attract Bees and Butterflies, Hoverflies and Birds and of course please feel free to help yourself to our herb garden or ask reception for details of our varieties.

Plants especially good for Bees

Single-flower plants are good for most species – whereas tubular-shaped flowers are favourite with long-tongued species such as the Garden Bumblebee, for example:
If you would like more information about how to protect our Bee population, please follow the link: Bumblebee Conservation