Spotting Sizergh's elusive Hawfinch

Male hawfinch at Sizergh

Most people visit Sizergh for its castle, gardens and to explore and enjoy the surrounding landscape, but hiding in the trees lurks another crowd puller …. Hawfinches! Birdwatchers flock to Sizergh to seek out this special visitor.

Sizergh’s ranger Rob Pocklington will be giving visitors expert help and guidance in spotting these elusive birds on  17, 18, 24, 25 and 31 of March and 1, 7 and 8 of April, 8-10am.

The Hawfinch is the UK's largest finch, it has a large, powerful bill. Always shy and difficult to spot as it spends most of its time high up in the tree canopies, the hawfinch has become even rarer in recent years due to a decline in many of its traditional breeding areas.

To ensure future generations of Hawfinches are protected, Rob Pocklington at Sizergh has joined up forces with the Morecambe Bay Partnership and RSPB to set up the Hawfinch recovery project. The project team will be catching and fitting the hawfinches over the coming years with tiny radio trackers and coloured  rings which will enable data on individual birds to be recorded. Ultimately this information will inform woodland management on creating better conditions to help the birds thrive in the future. 

The café at Sizergh will also be opening early for these special hawfinch watching events and visitors can also enjoy a special discount on food and drink during the event.