Anya's nature discovery blog

Walk with Visitor Experience Officer Anya and discover more about what makes Tarn Hows, Claife Viewing Station and the areas around them so special. Each month we'll be adding seasonal highlights of what you might be able to see or do during your visit.

Walkers along Windermere's western shore

Walking in a winter wonderland

We all look for a way to blow away the cobwebs at this time of year, and what’s better than a bracing walk discovering wildlife in the great outdoors?

Juvenile male common pipistrelle bat

October: Bats, barn owls and bonfires

What kind of animals have you spotted this autumn?

Netted carpet moth

September: the Netted Carpet moth

I join the National Trust ranger team and local experts in a moth survey on the east side of Coniston Water.

Fly agaric mushroom

August: A flurry of fungi

The first signs of autumn are beginning to appear, including a bumper crop of fungi in the countryside.

Area Ranger Paul Farrington showing our Outdoor Visitor Experience team the work that's been happening on hay meadows

June: Hay Meadows

Hay meadows are a haven for nature, and this month, I look at how the Trust is working to protect them.

Rangers fixing footpaths on Helvellyn

May: Fixing the fells

I take a trip up one of the Lake District's most iconic peaks to spend a day with the upland ranger team.

Group of friends walking along the west shore of Windermere

April: Nature sightings

The never-ending winter has finally thawed, and signs of spring are in the air.

early morning view of Tarn Hows looking north west

March: Spring into action

Tarn Hows is one of the many outdoor sites you can explore in the Lake District, and is set to host a rather special visitor soon…

Claife Viewing Station bike riding

February: Feel the love at Claife Viewing Station

There's been lots of conservation work happening around Claife Viewing Station and the surrounding area, and if you're looking for something interesting to get you outdoors, there's plenty to spot during your visit.

View from the west shore across Windermere

January: Boots on, let's go!

Looking to get active this winter? Pull on your waterproofs and head down to the west shore of Windermere where there's plenty to see and do whatever the weather.