Spring wildlife in the North West

Spring is an exciting time of the year when wildlife is waking up after winter. Take a spring walk and you’ll be surprised what wildlife you’ll see at special places in the North West. Here are some suggestions to get you started.

Adults and two children taking an autumn walk amongst the trees

Which places are open and what you need to know before you visit 

You'll find lots of places open now - over 40 houses, 135 gardens and parks, and hundreds of coastal and countryside sites. To avoid disappointment please book in advance, especially at busier times such as weekends and bank holidays. Please check the property webpage of the place you wish to visit before you travel. Read this article to find out how to book and what to expect from your visit.

Deer in the front of the House at Lyme, Cheshire

Red deer and birds at Lyme

The moorland and woodland at Lyme are home to many animals from magnificent red deer to a variety of birds. Look out for redstarts and pied flycatchers nesting in the wood. You can learn more about the birds at Lyme on a Dawn Chorus walk with our rangers too.

Fallow Deer resting in the sunshine on the lawn by the South Front of Dunham Massey

Deer and swans at Dunham Massey

As spring arrives the deer at Dunham Massey start to drop their antlers. If you're eagle-eyed and very lucky you may just stumble across some antlers in the grass (which you can keep). And it's not just the deer you'll spot; our resident swans come back to the ponds at this time of year too.

Tree reflection in a pond at Hare Hill, Cheshire

Pond life at Hare Hill 

The ponds in the wooded garden at Hare Hill are busy places, providing a home for rare wetland wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for dragonflies, damselflies and you might just spot a heron watching what's going on below the surface.

Birdwatching in the woodland at Alderley Edge, Cheshire

Birdwatching at Alderley Edge

Take in impressive views and see the sun peeking through the trees as the leaves return after winter. Keep your eyes peeled for birds and spring flowers on a walk at Alderley Edge. Redstart, nuthatch, flycatcher and tree creeper are just a few of the woodland birds that you'll hopefully be able to spot.

Visitors on the beach at Formby, Liverpool

Sand dune wildlife at Formby 

Formby is most famous for its Red Squirrels but did you know that it is also home to rare sand dune wildlife? From March to June in the dune pools you can catch a glance of a male Great Crested Newt.

Daffodils in the garden at Quarry Bank, Cheshire, in March

Spring wildlife on the estate at Quarry Bank  

With the wide estate, gardens and snaking river there is plenty spring wildlife to spot including, butterflies and damselflies, dippers and kingfishers.

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.