Winter wildlife at Longshaw

Green woodpecker near fallen log

What’s happening in the world of wildlife at Longshaw?

As the days get longer, thousands of migrating birds pass over the Peak District. Many stop at Longshaw to rest and feed on rowan and hawthorn berries. Look out for redwings, fieldfares and geese around the pond area.

Winter snack for a redwing
Redwing eating a red berry

Though hedgehogs and bats are hibernating in tree trunks and log piles, some mammals are hunting through the day to find enough food. Look for fox, hare and badger footprints in dew and frost. You might also see the silhouette of red deer on the moors.

Look out for mountain hares as you walk on the moor
Mountain hare sitting on snow

Adders, toads, and the rare great crested newt are hibernating in log piles and dry stone walls around Longshaw. If you find one of these cold-blooded creatures, cover them with leaves to help them keep warm and try not to disturb their winter slumber. You might see the early signs on frogs emerging in the pond in February.

Flowers and trees – Bare trees stand tall in the winter light, and on dull days the variety of colours in grass and heather moorland shine through. Berries and lichens brighten the woods, and grass – our most common flower – sticks up above the snow.

 

Cladonia or reindeer lichen carpets the floor even in winter
Cladonia lichen

 

When you come for a winter walk at Longshaw, it helps us look after the wildlife. Thank you.