Our elusive hawfinch

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.

Summer wildlife at Sizergh

Wild roe deer at Sizergh estate

Wild roe deer at Sizergh estate

August and September 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.


Woodcock painting at Sizergh by Fiona Clucas

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.


Look out for these beautiful birds of prey if you are walking around Sizergh estate. They can sometimes be seen early in the mornings.

Fritillary butterflies

Sizergh estate has a rich and diverse range of fritillary butterflies ranging from the Pearl Bordered to the High Brown fritillary. Countryfile has named Sizergh as one of the best places to photograph these butterflies.

Great crested newts

If you take a look in the rock garden at Sizergh you might be lucky and see great crested newts. We also have palmate and common newts living around the pools in the rock garden.

Watch the birdie

Don't forget to visit the bird viewing and feeding area. This is attracting our local feathered friends, and proving very popular. Birds seen recently include blue tits, great tits, robins, nuthatches and wrens.

Don't miss visiting the bird viewing and feeding station at Sizergh

Don't miss visiting the bird viewing and feeding station at Sizergh