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Common terns (Sterna hirundo) nesting on the seashore at Cemlyn, Anglesey | © National Trust Images/Paul Harris

Wildlife

From coast to countryside, discover all kinds of wildlife at the places in our care, including marine animals and rare woodland species.

Young bird watcher at Sizergh Castle and Gardens, Cumbria
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Wildlife-spotting tips 

Looking to catch a glimpse of a red squirrel or a rare butterfly? Follow our top tips for getting up close (but not too close) with wildlife.

Mammals

Red squirrel sitting on a mossy rock eating a nut
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Red squirrel spotting tips 

Find out how to spot red squirrels, the best times to see them and how to tell them apart from grey squirrels.

Fallow deer (Dama dama) grazing on the Crom Estate, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.
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Deer-spotting tips 

Find out about fallow, red and muntjac deer, how to tell them apart and other top tips for seeing and photographing them at the places we care for.

Young grey seals on the beach at Horsey, Norfolk
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Seal-spotting guidance 

Take a look at our guidelines for responsible seal spotting and top tips for seal watching.

A Eurasian beaver perched by the water and eating
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Our guide to beavers 

Did you know that beavers are helping us adapt to tackle climate change? Discover facts about these fascinating creatures.

A water vole by a canal
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How to spot water voles 

Discover how to identify burrows, food, footprints and latrines, and how to tell the difference between water voles and brown rats, even when they're swimming.

Otter swimming in the river at Croome, Worcestershire
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Top tips for spotting otters 

Although otter numbers are on the rise, the shy and elusive marine mammals are still notoriously difficult to find. To boost your chances, here are our top tips on how to spot them in the wild.

Birds

A swallow in flight against a blue sky
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Birds to spot through the seasons 

Find out how the changing seasons affect the birds you’ll see out and about, with spotting tips and photo galleries to guide you.

Puffins on the Farne Islands, Northumberland
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Guide to puffins 

Every year, thousands of puffins come to the places in our care to breed. Find out more about what they eat, when they breed and the best time to see them up close.

Skylark at Lyme Park, Cheshire in June
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Guide to identifying birdsong 

There are more than 600 known bird species in the UK and their calls are an important clue when bird spotting. Listen to our selection of distinctive songs to get you started.

Barn owl, perched in early evening at Orford Ness, Suffolk
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Guide to barn owls 

Barn owls are instantly recognisable from their heart-shaped faces and distinctive feathers. Learn where they prefer to hunt and nest, and the kinds of habitats they use at the places in our care.

A bumblebee on blackthorn blossom

Explore the natural world

From learning how to identify trees to discovering the underwater world of rockpools, pick up some top tips to help you get closer to nature.