Mawson Field is a good place to find butterflies in summer with its wild meadow and
butterfly-friendly plants. Some butterflies have other habitats and the elm trees on
Discovery Way are home to the rare White-letter Hairstreak butterfly.
The park has many hedges which remain from its former use as farmland and they now
serve to divide the park into ‘outdoor rooms’. Built in the traditional Devon style with
stone-faced banks, they showcase the biodiversity and landscape benefits of hedges in the
heart of a busy city.
Central Park has many interesting and rare trees as well as a semi-natural woodland along the sides of the Valley on its eastern edge. Some suggested places to start your own tree record are described here.