Cotswolds Trivia - Wildlife

Teeth and sometimes tusks from woolly mammoths which roamed the area during the last Ice Age have been found in the deep gravel deposits at the Cotswold Water Park.

The Cotswolds are a stronghold for horseshoe bats.The Cotswolds are a stronghold for lesser and greater horseshoe bats, due to the network of old hedges, barns and stone mines. Areas of particular importance include some around the north-east of Cirencester and the former stone mines around Minchinhampton. In all, the Cotswolds AONB has 10% of the country’s breeding horseshoe bats.

The only UK population of a small snail Lauria Sempronii is found on two small stretches of dry stone wall in the Cotswolds at Edgeworth, near Stroud.

The Cotswolds AONB is a nationally significant area for the Duke of Burgundy butterfly.The Cotswolds AONB is nationally significant for Small Blue and Duke of Burgundy butterflies and is part of the re-introduction programme of the large blue, which seems to have been successful on a site near Stroud.

The Cotswolds possesses one of only two sites in the UK for round-leaved feather moss, along with two of three sites in the UK for the violet click beetle and the two UK sites for Cryptocephalus Primarius, a leaf beetle.

The Cotswold Water Park is inhabited by more than 200 species of birds, while 13 of the 17 species of bats in the UK can be found feeding around its lakes. Water voles and otters are starting to make a comeback along the rivers, streams and ditches of the water park.
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