Meet the Chordata

The Chordata are those species, like ourselves, that have a backbone or more accurately a notochord. There are several other distinctive characteristics that define Chordates but the presence of a backbone is the best known.

Although the largest of animals located in the garden, they are often difficult to take a photograph of.

The Amphibians (Class Amphibia): In our garden this includes three species. The Common Frog, The Common Toad and either a Smooth or Palmate newt. We are yet to add a newt species to the garden species list as the photograph we took has been lost and we are uncertain of the species.

Rana temporaria 

Common Frog

Family: Ranidae

Bufo bufo

Common Toad

Family: Bufonidae

The Birds (Class Aves): The most numerous chordates recorded in the garden, on account of their obvious mobility. Species such a Heron have only been recorded once (attempting to steal our goldfish).

Order: Columbiformes

Columba palumbus

Wood Pigeon

Family: Columba

Order: Passiformes

Corvus corone

Carrion Crow

Family: Corvidae

Pica Pica


Family: Corvidae

Carduelis carduelis

Gold Finch

Family: Fringillidae

Erithacus rubecula


Family: Muscicapidae

Cyanistes caeruleus

Blue Tit

Family: Paridae

Parus major

Great Tit

Family: Paridae

Periparus ater

Coal Tit

Family: Paridae

Passer domesticus

House Sparrow

Family: Passeridae

Prunella modularis


Family: Prunellidae

Sturnus vulgaris


Family: Sturnidae

Sylvia atricapilla

Black Cap

Family: Sylviidae

Troglodytes troglodytes


Family: Troglodytidae

Turdus merula


Family: Turdidae

Turdus philomelos

Song Thrush

Family: Turdidae

Order: Pelecaniformes

Ardea cinerea

Grey Heron

Family: Ardeidae

The Mammals (Class Mammalia): Excluding ourselves as humans we have listed 7 species of mammal, including cats and dogs. This is because whilst these two species are domestic animals, they have a significant impact (negative) on wildlife in general. Pipistrelle and Noctule bats, recorded using a bat detector, have been seen flying over the garden. We have recorded shrews before but failed to record the species. The only other confirmed species include the Hedgehog, Wood Mouse (we do have a photograph but its a little grizzly) and Brown Rat.

The Reptiles (Class: Reptilia): We debated adding Grass Snake to our species list on account of it only ever being spotted once during 2003. However the local nature does have good records of this species and there is a chance (albeit as small one) that we may one day see it again.