Wildlife discoveries in the North West this spring

Fancy finding out what our rangers do, or maybe going birdspotting? Take a spring walk and you’ll be surprised what wildlife you’ll see. Here are some suggestions to get you started

Three stags on frosty morning by the Cage at Lyme, Cheshire

Winter wonders at Lyme

Look out for redstarts and pied flycatchers nesting in the woods – Lyme is also home to a thriving population of brown hares, and our famous White Park cattle. And of course, there's the deer too!

Dunham Massey's herd of fallow deer in the park on a snowy day

Deer at Dunham Massey

A visit wouldn't be complete without seeing the deer who call Dunham their home. What other wildlife will you spot in the gardens and parkland?

A damsel fly resting on a blade of common read

Hare Hill 

Our three ponds at Hare Hill provide a home for rare wetland wildlife. Look out for newts, frogs and pond skaters and find out what we’re doing to conserve this special habitat.

A blue tit surveys the woods below

Birdwatching at Alderley Edge

Redstart, nuthatch, flycatcher and tree creeper. These are just a few of the lovely woodland birds that you'll hopefully be able to spot.

Sand Lizard basking on bare sand

Sand dune wildlife of Formby

The sand dunes of Formby are home to animals that are even more rare than our Red Squirrels.

A red squirrel at Allan Bank in Grasmere Cumbria

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.