Wildlife at Wallington

Red Squirrel at the wildlife hide

Discover the wildlife at Wallington. From otters to red squirrels, whether you join us for a guided walk or explore the estate yourself, there's plenty to see.

What will you spot?

The Wallington estate is over 13,000 acres (5431 hectares) and you're bound to meet some of the local wildlife as you explore. You may even spot rare species such as red squirrels and white-clawed crayfish.

Let us know what you see during your visit

Nature at Wallington

Bats

The trees, meadows and buildings at Wallington provide excellent homes for at least eight species of bat. We recently worked with Newcastle University to learn more about the Natterer's bat in particular - over 270 individual bats were radio-tagged and tracked to help us understand where they roost and where they feed.  Now we know where they roost we can protect those trees and make sure they remain undisturbed. 

Crayfish

White-clawed crayfish are Britain's only native freshwater crayfish. Although they are in decline across the country, they can be found in many of the watercourses on the Wallington estate because of the high water quality and lack of pollutants.  

Otters

Although otters are elusive animals, there are often signs along the River Wansbeck that they have been in the area. They are territorial and leave distinctive droppings or 'spraints' at strategic places in their territory.

Red squirrels

In June 2012, we started working with Red Squirrels Northern England on a major conservation project to save the red squirrel population before it's too late.  We now have a full-time Red Squirrel Ranger to help support our resident red squirrels and, touch wood, they're thriving.

See Wallington's red squirrels in action and hear about the work our Red Squirrel Ranger does to help preserve this rare species.

Join the Green Team

If you're interested in volunteering in the outdoors and working alongside the rangers and foresters, then the Green Team could be for you. The team meets every Wednesday, 10am - 3pm. If you'd like to get involved, call us on 01670 773663.

Ranger Walks

Join the rangers on a seasonal countryside walk to discover the wildlife and history of the Wallington estate.

These walks take place regularly through the year (usually once a month) and will help you explore different areas of the estate and find out about the work we do to protect and develop them.  

Check out our What's on page to find out what's coming up.

Walks at Wallington

A great way to see the wildlife at Wallington is on one of our self-guided walks. There are four main walks for you to try on the estate, ranging from a short one mile stroll to a challenging six mile hike. 

Visit our Stretch your legs page for inspiration.