Male mandarin duck (drake)

To see a selection of wildlife at Tiddenfoot, click here


Bats and birds ...

Thanks to the generosity of a number of supporters, we have been able to install new bat boxes and bird boxes at several locations around the park, to replace older ones that had degraded. We hope they will quickly attract new occupants. Click here for a map showing the approximate location of the boxes. Below is a photo of one of the trees selected (look carefully!).
The Bedfordshire Bat Group visited the park in April 2014 and saw several different types of bat in flight. Their detectors picked up others. Details of what they found are on the BBG website, which will open when you click here.
We have a small number of bird & bat boxes still available at £7.50 each. Please get in touch if you would like to donate one for the park or purchase one for your own garden.

There is a wide range of wildlife at Tiddenfoot - Muntjac deer, badger, fox, rabbit, mink and smaller mammals including bats have all been seen here.

At the smaller end of the scale, a number of insect species thrive along the shores and on the water itself. Recent sightings have included varieties of dragonfly, iridescent blue or red damselflies and orange and brown Skipper butterflies.

The eight-acre (3.2 hectare) lake is important for water birds such as tufted duck, mute swan, great crested grebe, coot and moorhen, as well as for amphibians and invertebrates. A mandarin duck (drake) has recently taken up residence. The stand of flooded willow carr (scrubland) in the northwest corner provides an ideal area for nesting waterfowl.

The trees, shrubs and hedgerows provide food, shelter and nesting sites for many birds. Blue Tits, Blackcap and both Willow and Garden Warblers may be seen and heard here.

Conservation volunteers assist with work to encourage wildlife by creating and maintaining a wide range of habitats in the park. Regular mowing stops bushes and trees turning open sunny grassland into woodland, and improves conditions for wild flowers.

Two small wooded areas are signposted as being wildlife conservation areas where entry is not permitted.

If you see interesting wildlife and would like to tell us about it, please use this form. Comments will be moderated before appearing on the site.


  1. A large deer was grazing near the boat yard fence on monday afternoon

    (Posted on 2016-04-26 18:09:00 by John Lewis)
  2. Over the Christmas holiday a number of little egrets and some shy tree creepers have been seen when the area is quiet.

    (Posted on 2014-12-31 16:37:00 by davidayers)
  3. Lucky enough to see 20 squirrels feeding in the trees on the park last week; as well as a flock of about 20 long-tailed tits performing acrobatics in the tree above me as they fed on berries. A few redwing few over, and spotted two green woodpecker. Gorgeous!

    (Posted on 2014-12-15 23:17:00 by Jane Hammett)
  4. I was lucky enough to see a beautiful velvet mink slowly walk past me and my dog. I didn't want to disturb the moment by getting out my phone and taking a photo, so I just enjoyed the moment and my dog (was was leashed at the time) was quite oblivious to the specialness of that moment.

    (Posted on 2014-03-20 16:49:00 by Natalie Nel)
  5. A muntjac deer ambled across the path alongside Mentmore Road on Saturday, apparently oblivious to the volunteers who were busy hedgelaying!

    (Posted on 2014-02-11 15:42:00 by Martin Rickerd)
  6. On 30 November at about 9 am I saw a roe deer in the park. It was at least initially in the open in the grass area between the paths east of the car park entrance. Possibly a but alarmed as it was barking and tail flashing.

    (Posted on 2013-12-02 13:51:00 by Steve Oxtoby)
  7. The bat boxes and bird boxes purchased for use at the park by several visitors at the Linslade Canal Festival last month have now been hung on trees on the north and south sides of the lake.

    (Posted on 2013-08-30 15:37:00 by Martin Rickerd)
  8. The swans their fast-growing cygnets were photographed making their way from the lake to the canal this week. See pictures on the Wildlife Photos page.

    (Posted on 2013-08-17 12:26:00 by Martin Rickerd)
  9. My favourites - the Mandarins - have had a duckling but I didn't have my camera with me to record it.

    (Posted on 2013-06-15 17:08:00 by Martin Rickerd)
  10. Kingfisher seen on the lake by the submerged woodland in north-west corner of lake. Then flew all along northern bank. Wonderful!

    (Posted on 2013-05-07 16:48:00 by John Creasey)
  11. Three buzzards circling over the park at 11am this morning

    (Posted on 2013-04-19 11:34:00 by John Creasey)
  12. Now there is another moorhen family, with eight chicks. That makes fifteen in all!

    (Posted on 2012-06-19 10:47:00 by Martin Rickerd)
  13. New life on the lake - the breeding pair of swans with their four cygnets have been joined by a pair of moorhens with seven (seven!) chicks.

    (Posted on 2012-06-07 09:47:00 by Martin Rickerd)
  14. Approx 80 Fieldfares in trees in south of the park. Also a Chiffchaff singing in the hedge bordering Mentmore Road.

    (Posted on 2012-04-05 15:34:00 by John Creasey)

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