Cave Hill Habitat and Wildlife
The Hill contains a variety of habitats. These include heather moorland, rocky outcrops
and mixed woodland. Most of the trees are less than 100 years old, but there are
many mature specimens. There has been extensive planting of native species, especially
oak, within the last 20 years. The trees are mostly deciduous -
There is also a considerable range of wildlife. Mammal species include foxes, badgers, grey squirrels, hedgehogs, rabbits, shrews and bats. Bird species include owls, kestrels and sparrowhawks as well as the full range of woodland birds such as blackbirds, thrushes, finches, tits, robins, dunnocks and wrens. In summer, there are swallows and house martins. The heather moorland has skylarks, wheatears and pipits.
Plight of the Common Lizard
In 2013, there was a major fire in the great limestone quarry on Cave Hill. Apart from other damage, the fire destroyed an area where we had photographed lizards. The suspicion is that a colony of these uncommon creatures has been wiped out. It might give vandals cause for thought that their behaviour can have such a damaging effect on innocent creatures.
Cave Hill Conservation