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.

Visitors enjoying the garden in summer at Wordsworth House and Garden

Latest visiting update 

Our gardens, parks, cafés, shops, countryside locations and many houses are open. You no longer need to pre-book at many places. Some still require booking ahead, so please check the property webpage before you travel.​

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. Were these the inspiration for his famous poem?

A dipper bird, standing on a rock in a stream.

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.

Woodpecker chick looking from a hole in a tree

Spring wildlife in Buttermere Valley

As Spring breathes new life into Buttermere Valley, there's wildlife hidden wherever you look. Find out how we look after nesting birds in the valley.

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.

A red squirrel at Allan Bank in Grasmere Cumbria

Red squirrels at Allan Bank

Allan Bank in Grasmere provides perfect home for red squirrels. It's harder for them to find natural food at this time of year, so as they visit the feeders for that much-needed fuel you have a good chance of seeing one. The birds are also in full song in the woodland – pick up binoculars and bird identification guides inside the house.

Female Deer Grazing on historic parkland

Wildlife in the North West 

From the smallest insects to the mighty deer at Dunham Massey, there's wildlife to see all year round at these places in the North West.