Winter wildlife

Winter is here, bringing frosty mornings, winter-visiting birds, bright holly berries and tracks in the snow.  Which signs of the changing seasons can you spot on a visit to Gibside?

From our wildlife cam

 The Derwent River borders Gibside to the north. It’s rare to catch a glimpse of an otter on the river, usually we just see their webbed footprints in the muddy river banks, or spraints (otter poo) on prominent rocks and tree stumps. This otter was caught on a trail camera having a good scratch and scent-marking on the riverbank trees.

Ranger's favourites

Frosty mornings, snow storms, winter migrant birds...find out what Assistant Ranger Andy likes best about winter and see if they match your favourites.

Join us for a ramble with a ranger

  • There are selection of rambles you can join to find out more about the local wildlife throughout the seasons
  • Woodland and garden birds 22 and 25 January
  • Red Kite Ramble 19 and 22 February
  • Mammal tracking 19 and 22 March
  • Nesting birds 23 and 26 April

Our Conservation team blog

Our Conservation Team regularly add updates about their work caring for Gibside’s landscape and habitats. Take a look and let us know what you think.