Beam Parklands

Dagenham, Essex, RM10 9EH

Tel: 0208 227 2332

Mammals

Water vole – Arvicola amphibious

By Peter Trimming

By Peter Trimming

  • Britain’s fastest declining wild mammal
  • threatened by habitat loss, but has suffered particularly from predation by the introduced American Mink
  • Distinguished from the larger Brown Rat by its chestnut-brown fur, rounded nose, small, very small round ears and furry tail.
  • Much bigger than other voles

  Wood Mouse

By Hans Hillewaert (Own work)

By Hans Hillewaert (Own work)

  • 80-105mm long
  • Brown fur on back and sides with white/grey fur on stomach, black eyes, big eyes and long tail
  • Most common rodent in the UK
  • Nocturnal and live in underground burrows
  • Feed on plants, fruits and small insects
  • Have litters of 5 young
  • Are important food for tawny owls

Common Shrew

By Sjonge

By Sjonge

  • 48-80mm long
  • Dense fur of 3 colours, black back, brown sides and white stomach
  • Long noses, small eyes and ears and red teeth
  • Insectivores
  • Have high metabolism and have to feed every 2-3 hours
  • Saliva is slightly venomous to stun prey
  • Live in burrows and do not hibernate
  • Have litters of 5-7
  • Can be seen caravanning, this is when the young follow their mother by holding the tail of the shrew in front

Pipistrelle Bat

By Drahkrub

By Drahkrub

  • Body size 35-45mm long, wingspan 200-235mm
  • Medium/dark brown fur, with darker brown/black face
  • UK’s most common bat
  • Often roost in buildings, particularly under roof tiles
  • Feed on flies
  • Use Beam Parklands as a foraging site

Noctule Bat

By Mnolf

By Mnolf

  • Body size 37-48mm long, wingspan 320-400mm
  • Chocolate brown fur
  • One of the UK’s largest bats
  • One of the first to emerge in the evening
  • Fly in the open, often above the trees and can fly up to 50 kph
  • Use Beam Parklands as a foraging site
  • Roost in trees and hibernate in tree holes and fractured rocks
  • Feed on moths and midges

Meeting Point

The Meeting Point for all events is on the bridge by the entrance off Oval Road North unless otherwise stated. See Map.

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Booking events

Booking opens two weeks before each event. To book your place call 0208 227 2332. If you have any access requirements please let us know and we will make the necessary arrangements.