Rouken Glen Park is home to a host of mammal species. From tiny shrews, voles, wood mice and five bat species to the largest of our denizens, the Roe Deer.
Otters are found passing through the glen as part of their large territory. Hedgehogs and the occasional badger are also found from time to time.
Urban parks are havens for all sorts wild animals, the most common being the red fox. Foxes are at home in the city and are very successful due to the amount of waste food available to them.
It is evident that here at Rouken Glen people and wildlife can live side by side in reasonable harmony.
The park is also home to non native species like the grey squirrel which were introduced by wealthy landowners to add interest to their country estates. They are now considered a pest species as they carry a virus which is having a detrimental effect on the red squirrel populations throughout the country.
The mink is another mammal not indigenous to the UK and can often be spotted in the glen or on the pond. Mink are predators related to stoats and weasels; they are also having a negative effect on our wildlife especially the water vole.
There are many species of birds that can be seen or heard at Rouken Glen Park.
The Park Rangers have pulled together some identification sheets which you can view and print from the Related Items section.
Birds found all year round
Black headed gulls
Amphibians are a group of animals that, in most cases, enter water for breeding purposes and go through a larval stage and then develop into the adult stage through metamorphoses.
Rouken Glen has three amphibians found in the pond breeding in early spring.
- The common frog (Rana temporaria), who can be found spawning in the pond in March.
- The common toad (Bufo bufo), who spawn a few weeks later to avoid confusion during mating.
- The palmate newt (Lissotriton helveticus) has also been recorded in the pond.
Rouken Glen pond is full of wildlife including seven species of fish. The largest being the pike (Esox lucius), a large ambush predator, and the beautiful perch (Perca fluviatilis) with its red fins and vertical black body bars. There are smaller species too from the three spined stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus), the minnow (Phoxinus phoxinus) and the bottom feeding stone loach (Barbatula barbatula). Brown trout (Salmo trutta morpho fario) have also been recorded along with the common eel (Anguilla anguilla). The parks management rules do not allow fishing at the pond for health and safety and wildlife disturbance reasons.
We are often asked if we stock the pond with fish. The answer to that is no, the fish have entered the pond naturally from inlets from the adjacent burn or as eggs adhering to the ducks feet and feathers.
There are a range of moths present at Rouken Glen, below are species that have been recorded here:
8 July High-Flyers
15 Large Yellow Underwings
2 Lesser Broad-Bordered Yellow Underwings
2 Lesser Yellow Underwings
3 Antler Moths
2 Twin-Spot Carpets
1 Small Phoenix
2 Ermine sp. (micros)
A couple of Rustics (still to ID)
And our star catch of the night, a new Vice County Record for the Buff Footman!
Our Rangers have pulled together some identification sheets which can be downloaded from the related documents section.