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Nature and wildlife in Locke Park.
The 47 acres of Barnsley’s Locke Park, only a mile from Barnsley’s town centre, are a haven for wildlife. Locke Park connects to allotments, gardens, open fields and areas rich in wildlife in a large expanse of green belt to the south, linking to the countryside of the Dove valley. A surprising number of birds, small animals and insects can be found in the park as a result.
Locke Park is fortunate in the number of different trees it contains: 26 different genus of tree and 67 different species, including a native midland hawthorn. The trees that line the footpaths include beech, ash, lime, horse chestnut, sycamore and maple. There are areas of oaks, willow and of scots pine and birch. Oak, ash and willow are particularly important for the range of insects and other invertebrates that they support.
The wooded and grassland areas in the Park as well as the plantings of shrubs and flower beds, provide valuable habitats for birds, bats and small mammals, as well as butterflies and other insects.
Areas of garden are planted to attract butterflies and bees. Look out for hedgehogs, bats and tawny owls as dusk falls. Spot nuthatches and treecreepers during the day.