The Brown Hare, unquestionably Watchtree's symbolic wildlife symbol can be seen in just about all parts of the reserve, with the obvious exceptions being the water! These surprisingly large mammals, unlike their rabbit cousins that dig holes, make a shallow scrape or Form
March must surely witness the most spectacular wildlife spectacle at Watchtree and is associated with Hare breeding behaviour: March Madness will often see rapid Hare chases involving male hares chasing rivals away whilst boxing
The Red Squirrel
Red Squirrel (Liz Still)
The Red Squirrel is one of Watchtree's target species given that the surrounding areas are still a stronghold for this native mammal. Such is the conservation concern for this species it is afforded both British (Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981) and European (Appendix 3 Berne Convention) legal protection. No Red Squirrels have so far managed to breed at Watchtree but with small populations in nearby woodlands and with over eighty thousand mixed woodland trees planted it is hoped that Watchtree could become a stronghold in the future.
Though less noticeable, a great many other mammals have been sighted at Watchtree, including; Stoat, Weasel, Voles, Shrews, Mole and Mice. The precise species of Vole, Mice and shrew should be clarified with future small mammal's surveys.
Roe Deer have occasionally been sighted in the established woodlands with up to four seen at one visit.
A Red Fox and cubs has also been sighted in Pond Wood being discovered following obvious disturbance to undergrowth in this very quite part of the reserve.
At least five species of Bat have been discovered at Watchtree, either in specially adapted Bat roosts or via detection through Bat surveys. Using a high frequency detector, set to different levels for different species of bat, bat ecologists have been able to follow these amazing mammals nocturnal activities. Daubenton's Bats have been discovered over the wetland and reedbed areas, most likely because this species specialises in catching insects in open wetland habitats. Noctule, Brandt's and Pipistrelle being the other species discovered in woodland areas and near to open meadows.