The Colne Valley Regional Park features many different types of habitat attracting a large and varied amount of wildlife, making it a hugely valuable resource so close to London.
To the south lie important floodplain grazing marshes and lowland meadow habitat at Staines Moor SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest), along with other areas of good quality semi-improved grassland. Further north, the amount of deciduous woodland increases, a change in character in the landscape that supports a different range of wildlife.
The Colne Valley is fed by a number of rivers, including the Colne itself. They provide important habitats and help maintain the floodplain grazing marshes and other riparian habitat across the Park.
Other examples of high priority habitat include an area of ancient woodland at Ruislip Woods, and a mix of woodland and heathland at Black Park country park. Species you may encounter in the Valley include Kingfishers, along with wide variety of waterfowl, grass snakes and Muntjac deer.