Sizergh is famous for hawfinches. These elusive birds favour the car park area around our visitor centre and feed on the hornbeam tree casts. They are best seen in winter and spring, when the leaves are not fully out on the trees.
We have recently started a new research project with the RSPB, Nature England and Lancaster University to find out more about the hawfinches.
Winter wildlife at Sizergh
November and December are good months to see mammals in the woodlands on the Sizergh estate. Roe (and the occasional red) deer are seen in all of our woodlands. Recently Low Park and Brigsteer have been good places for spotting deer.
To spot deer, ideally you need to be upwind of them so they can’t get your scent. A slow stealthy approach can result in getting quite a close view.
Whilst walking through the woods you may also flush a woodcock. The Latin name is Scolopax rusticola, meaning 'rural dweller'.
Their cryptic camouflage makes them very hard to see as they sit tight amongst the leaf litter throughout the day. Only at night do they give themselves up when they feed in open fields using their long wading bill to probe out worms.