Wildlife at Lyme

Lyme is home to an abundance of wildlife. From the mightiest stag to the smallest tadpole, the residents of Lyme are great in number and personality.


Red deer

There have been deer at Lyme for over 600 years and their presence has played a pivotal role in the history of the estate. Come and see them during the rutting season in October and witness the stags showcasing their prowess or visit in June as we welcome baby deer to Lyme.

A rather magnificent looking chap, don't you agree?
A magnificent stag in long grass at Lyme, Cheshire

Migrating birds

Waxwings are one of Britain’s most flamboyant winter migrants, with their distinctive call, distinguished outline and tell-tale crest. Waxwings are normally seen in the North East but occasionally appear at Lyme until March.

Ranger blog

Keep up to date with all the wildlife and park updates throughout the changing seasons with the Lyme ranger blog.

Veteran trees

Lyme is home to a number of veteran trees of different species. The oldest oak tree is 550 years old. The reason these trees are so important is because they support so many animals, insects and fungi - sometimes up to 260 species.