Top wildlife spots at Cragside

Visit Cragside and explore the landscape and wildlife. With over 1,000 acres, 40 miles of footpaths, four lakes plus gardens galore, you're bound to meet some of our more elusive inhabitants.


    Green woodpecker

    The Valley Garden is home to the Dipper which can fly and walk under water. In the Formal Garden in Spring, see the swallows' nests - look out for them flying over the top terrace pool. Or why not take a seat and listen out for the green woodpecker?

    Nelly's Moss Lakes

    A toad on the road by Nelly

    Take a walk around the Nelly's Moss lakes. Herons have been spotted on the lake, towering over the shalloews looking for their prey. Look out for the frogs and toads crossing the road.

    Wildlife hide

    Exterior of wooden wildlife hide, showing viewing windows

    The wildlife hide is the perfect place to spot birds and small mammals. See what our feeding stations bring into view - if you're really lucky you might glimpse a red squirrel or a badger.

    Tumbleton Lake

    Long view of Tumbleton lake, surrounded by low level trees and bushes

    On the outside of the Visitor Centre you'll see cupped House Martin nests in the warmer months. The lake is also inhabited by Canada geese, which might be seen with their fuzzy goslings. Take a walk around Tumbleton and look out for wildflowers and insects.

    Slipper Lake

    A small lake surrounded by trees

    In the summer this little lake is fantastic for spotting dragonflies and damselflies. These flying insects have amazing see-through wings and feed on other insects. Dragonflies have fixed wings like a plane and damselflies can fold theirs flat to their bodies when not in flight.