Wildlife

A special natural environment

Nest of a meadow pipit © National Trust

Nest of a meadow pipit

The countryside of Brimham Rocks is a rare and valuable natural habitat for animal and plant life.

Local birds and animals

Dry stone walls provide shelter for all kinds of wildlife © Sophie Badrick

Dry stone walls provide shelter for all kinds of wildlife

The moorland habitat is rich in wildlife.

Owls

Keep a lookout © National Trust / Keith Chawner

Keep a lookout

Different types of owl live at Brimham Rocks. Tawny owls call at dusk.

Providing habitat

Encouraging wildlife at Brimham Rocks - a bug hotel and bird feeders © Sophie Badrick

Encouraging wildlife at Brimham Rocks - a bug hotel and bird feeders

A volunteer-built bug hotel provides shelter for small creatures.

Learning about wildlife and protecting habitat

The pond at Brimham Rocks is brimming with native wildlife © Sophie Badrick

The pond at Brimham Rocks is brimming with native wildlife

Bilberry picking at Brimham Rocks

  • A bilberry bush at Brimham Rocks © Lloyd Gregory

    Picking bilberries

    Bilberries thrive on high ground and heathland and do best in acid soil, just like the conditions at Brimha...

  • The dusky pink flowers of the bilberry appear in springtime © Lloyd Gregory

    How to spot them

    You have to be eagle eyed to spot the tiny fruit. Look out for pinkish flowers, and cup-shaped petals.

  • A summer sunset brings out the colours of the heather in bloom © Paul Harris

    When to pick them?

    The best time to pick bilberries is from the end of July until the beginning of September.

  • Bilberries are at their most ripe when they turn dark blue © Sophie Badrick

    Dark blue berries

    The crop is at its most abundant for about two weeks after the berries have turned dark blue.

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