Winter wildlife to spot

It might be cold outside, but winter is still a great time to be outdoors and see wildlife. Spy woodland residents more easily once the trees have shed their leaves, welcome birds arriving for the winter months and find shy coastal creatures now there are fewer people around to disturb them. On top of all that, there's something extra-special about witnessing the best of nature against a frosty winter backdrop.

While some winter wildlife only appears in certain areas, like the snow-white mountain hare or migrant coastal birds, you might be suprised by how much nature is still on your doorstep, even in the depths of winter. Take a look below to discover some of our top picks and locations for winter wildlife watching.

East of England
North England
Northern Ireland

South East

South West

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