Summer highlights on the estate

Summer is one of the best months to get out and explore the wider countryside here at Sizergh. From rare flowers to unusual wildlife, there’s always something to catch your eye and we’ve put together a list of our favourites to get you started.

Early purple orchids in a field

Orchids

The meadow on the Sizergh Fell loop (map available from Reception) is adorned in flowers, and in early summer multiple species of orchids including the Early Purple, Common Spotted and Butterfly orchids come into bloom.

Silver-washed Fritillary

Butterflies

Butterflies are in abundance in Brigsteer Wood at this time of year. Silver washed fritillary butterflies like to feed on brambles along the bottom path in the woods, and on a sunny day you might spot up to 15 different species. (July is the best month for this, but August is good too). Some of these species are not commonly seen in the north of England but are flourishing at Sizergh thanks to the woodland management work done by our rangers, volunteers and tenant farmers.

kingfisher perching on a branch

Wetland birds

Keep your eye out for waterfowl, kingfishers and egrets at Park End Moss. Most recently a male bittern has been heard ‘booming’ across the wetland for the first time, in search of a mate.

Sizergh walking routes

Guided walks

Take the stress out of map reading by joining a free guided walk led by one of our knowledgeable volunteers. You'll also learn more about the diversity of Sizergh's countryside and the history hidden within it. Depending on which walk you choose, you’ll cross limestone grasslands, wetland, orchards or ancient woodland and discover far-reaching views.