Winter wildlife in the North West

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. See our top pick of places to spot winter wildlife in the North West.

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?

Kingfisher at Low Wray Campsite

Spot a Kingfisher at Quarry Bank 

Keep your eyes peeled along the meandering stream at Quarry Bank for flashes of blues. Kingfishers are regularly spotted, as well of a host of woodland birds along the banks. For those more eagle-eyed, you may also be lucky enough to spot an otter.

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!

A robin in the Winter Garden at Dunham Massey, Cheshire

Keep busy with birds at Alderley Edge

Take a walk through the winter woods at Alderley Edge and see if you can spot bluetits, robins and other native woodland birds.

A red squirrel eats a nut at the base of a tree at Formby

Formby forest fauna and beach birds

See if you can spot a red squirrel in the woods at Formby, busy looking for its winter stash of food. Along the coast migratory birds dip and dive through the breakers. Wrap up warm!