Spring nature and wildlife in the Lake District

On the hunt for a red squirrel, daffodil, bluebell, or simply just to enjoy the birdsong that surrounds us in the spring? The Lake District is waking up after the winter and as the days get longer and warmer, it's the perfect season to step outside.

A red squirrel at Allan Bank in Grasmere Cumbria

Allan Bank

Allan Bank in Grasmere provides perfect home for red squirrels. There’s very little natural food around at this time of year, so they visit the feeders more often for that much needed fuel. You're sure to see one. The birds are also in full song in the woodland - pick up binoculars and bird identification guides inside the house.

Daffodils at Dora's Field in Rydal in the Lake District

Dora's Field

This semi-open woodland, renowned for fine displays of bluebells and daffodils, was once owned by William Wordsworth.

Windermere seen from the grounds at Wray Castle, Cumbria

Near Wray Castle

Experience the sights, sounds and smells of early spring on the Windermere west shore. It's daffodils first, then bluebells, wild garlic and house martins. Next door at Low Wray Campsite, if you’re very lucky, is a great place to spot baby otters and badgers.

Male hawfinch at Sizergh


Ranger Rob is running a special programme with the RSPB to ensure that rare hawfinches survive well into the future. Meet him and spot them together.


Aira Force

Our native red squirrels will be busy looking after their kittens around Aira Force and children can follow Cyril’s Red Squirrel Ramble to learn more about them. We also have Dippers nesting in the water behind the waterfall – if you stay still and quiet enough you can see them darting in and out.