Bayfordbury wildlife recording

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View of Rough Hills grasslands

This website aims to summarise wildlife observations and to provide identification tools for the part of Bayfordbury owned and managed by the University of Hertfordshire. For the official UH website, please, visit



Bayfordbury has a variety of habitats including amenity grasslands, semi-natural woodlands, conifer woodland (The Pinetum), rough grasslands, ponds, an ornamental lake, scrub and hedgerows. Rough Hills grasslands, a patch of grassland near the glasshouses, Hook’s Grove, Sailor’s Grove and the Lake are Local Wildlife Sites. The Pinetum has a status of a Local Ecosite. There is also a collection of Crab apples and ornamental trees.


Regular recording includes

  • Vascular plants
  • Birds
  • Mammals
  • Amphibians and reptiles
  • Butterflies and moths

Occasional surveys cover mosses, lichens, fungi and invertebrates.

Some of the current projects

  • Survival of slowworms relocated to Bayfordbury
  • The effect of mowing on plant communities
  • Flowering time of woodland plants

Some botanical resources

The following links provide access to botanical interactive keys for identification of ground flora in Hook's Grove in March with a desktop and mobile  version. More resources under Identification tab.