Crisp Winter days and wildlife wonders

Glistening and cold Winter days at Lyme can be the most rewarding for avid photographers and intrepid explorers. Wrap up warm, don't forget a flask of your favourite hot drink and venture in to the great outdoors.

Walk the path of another

Take yourself off the beaten track and search the grounds for evidence of some of our other wildlife that make Lyme their home. You can find signs of our friends in the mud, under hedges, in woodland areas and particularly when it has snowed look for the tracks of badgers, foxes, hare prints and our feathered friends. Be a wildlife detective for the day and record your findings, we love it when our visitors share pictures of their days out here.

Fancy heading further afield and taking in more Wintery treetops?  Why not try one of our recommended walks.

A peaceful Blue tit surveying the land for food
Blue tit in Winter

Destination Lyme

Our bird numbers will be swelled by migrating Scandinavian birds who are coming in to devour our berries and escape the harsh Scandinavian Winter. Redwing and Fieldfare have arrived in good numbers and the latter can usually be heard before they are seen moving between feeding sites. Look for big flocks of mixed tits including Great, Blue, Long Tailed and Coal tits as well as possibly the odd tree creeper swooping through the woods searching for insects.

Keep your eyes peeled around conifers and you may spot our smallest bird, the Goldcrest, hopping through the branches eyeing out any tiny spiders to feed on. Other birds you may see include Bramblings in Knightslow Wood, Kestrals hovering over the grassland and Buzzards soaring on clear days

Fungus

The changing weather creates perfect conditions for fungus to thrive and its presence is another sign that autumn is on its way. Keep your eyes peeled for Bracket fungus on the stems of trees, Wax Caps amongst the grasses and species like Chicken of the Woods which can live on either living or fallen trees. are some of the species you can see at Lyme.