Winter nature walks

It might be cold outside, but winter is still a great time to get out and spot wildlife. Rare red squirrels, shy deer and other creatures are easier to spot when the trees have shed their leaves. There's also something extra-special about seeing the best of nature against a frosty winter backdrop.

Sheep on Cheddar Gorge

Winter wildlife in the South West 

Despite the cold, you can still discover wildlife all across the South West over the winter. Whether you're in search of the region's top twitching spots or the chance to see hardy mammals weathering the chill, these are some of the top spots to explore.

Winter wildlife in the South East

Redwing in parkland at Charlecote in winter

Winter wildlife in the Midlands 

The nights have drawn in and winter is well and truly here, but there's still plenty of wildlife to be seen if you know where to look. Many mammal species will be hibernating but you may spot creatures like squirrels out looking for food. You can also look out for flocks of winter thrushes over from Scandinavia, and colourful finches feeding on the ground or moving through the treetops.

Wicken Fen - Konik ponies and horses in frost

Winter wildlife in the East of England 

It might seem like there's no wildlife around during the winter months, but there are actually plenty of creatures to spot when you know where to look. From rare hen harriers at Wicken Fen to seals and over-wintering geese on the Norfolk coast – what will you discover this winter?

Mountain hare sitting on snow

Winter wildlife in the North 

Winter is a great time to see wildlife, as animals and birds are out hunting for food and can be seen much more clearly without the usual cover of leaves and foliage. Which of these top spots will you explore?

Winter wildlife in Wales

Pine martens can be spotted at Crom in Fermanagh

Winter wildlife in Northern Ireland

From pine martens and deer and swooping birds of prey, there's no shortage of wildlife to spot in Northern Ireland during the winter months. Whether you’re keeping an eye out for Irish hares on the trails of Divis Mountain, or spotting harbour seals on the shores of Strangford Lough, there are plenty of reasons to wrap up warm and head out for a stroll.