Chetwynd: Wildlife Photographs

The Wildlife of the Chetwynd Neighbourhood Forum Area is important. We are collecting pictures of things "seen" in the area to help us build a picture of what's around and about.


We are particularly interested in mapping "Veteran Trees". Veteran Trees are not necessarily ancient or even old, but they do have the 'scars' of age such as decay, dead wood or fungal fruiting bodies. They provide valuable wildlife habitats and can be protected in a number of ways. If you think you have a tree worthy of note, send a photo, its location and (if you know it) its identity to If you don't know what it is, one of our team will come out and help to identify it.

Rare Black Poplar NG9 5GD. There are a number of these within the Barracks and it is important that they are kept.

A Black Poplar (Populus nigra). There are a number of these both outside and within the Barracks. This Veteran Tree is to the North of Chetwynd Barracks.

A Sycamore on Church Crescent in the Barracks. Not special in any way.

A mature Kanzan and a rangy Cherry(?) tree on the corner of Woodstock Road and Stapleford Lane

The little spinney at the top of Stapleford Lane which stops the hilltop looking stark.  There used to be a sign on the fence  "Dogs shot to protect goats ".

It could be the remnants of "Hill Close" shown on a map of Toton dated 1899.

A mature oak, a welcome land-mark on Baulk Lane.

This row of Hawthorns at Toton Corner probably marks or may be survivors of the hedge line at Manor Farm.

A pair of Hawthornes also at Toton Corner. These two found each other when young and won't be parted.


Cuckoo Flower SK507358: Found at the head of Ghost House Lane this flower is so called because it flowers at about the same time as the Cuckoos arrive.

Cuckoo Flower (Cardamine pratensis). Found at the top of Ghost House Lane. This plant isn't common in the area and must be a relic. Named because it flowers about the same time as cuckoos arrive


A Comma Butterfly seen on the 20th March 2019 in Toton. Whilst not uncommon, they are nonetheless beautiful.

A slightly more unusual "Thick Legged Flower Beetle" seen in a Toton garden.

A Speckled Wood seen on Spinney Rise, Toton

A Dragonfly (anybody know what sort?) Spinney Rise Toton, 2015


A pair of Buzzards flying around the Barracks.

If you'd like to add your pictures, send them to and we will post them on our site. By sending them you give us permission to post them on our website and to use them in other Forum publications. We may also publish them to iRecord a website established to share sitings of wildlife.

Tell us what they are, why you think they are important and where you took the photograph (postcode, street name or OS Reference).