Wildlife spotting in the Lakes this spring
17 April 2019
As the weather grows warmer, and the days become longer, there’s no better time to head out and explore the fells and valleys of the Lake District. If you keep your eyes peeled, you’ll also find that you’re not the only one coming out of hibernation…
Here’s some of the wildlife you can see in the Lakes this spring.
Red squirrels at Allan Bank
Since the introduction of the North American grey squirrel in the late 1800s, the population of Britain’s only native squirrel species, the red squirrel, has dropped from 3.5 million to just 120,000. One of the few places that you can still see red squirrels is at the National Trust property Allan Bank, where staff put out special squirrel feeders and keep a close eye on numbers.
Deer at Ennerdale Valley
The Lake District is also home to several herds of red and roe deer. One of the best places to see them is the tranquil Ennerdale Valley. Nestled in the secluded north-west corner of the Lake District, it’s the perfect place for a peaceful stroll, and there’s a high chance you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of these majestic animals amongst the trees.
Otters at Derwentwater
Derwentwater is just a short distance from the town of Keswick and is one of the area’s most loved lakes. The lake is a simply magical place for a stroll on a spring day and, if you venture up one of the rivers which feed the lake, such as the River Derwent, you’re likely to see families of otters playing in the water.
Lambs on the fells
One of the joys of visiting the Lakes at this time of year is seeing the spring lambs on the fells. Embark on a short (or long!) stroll around the surrounding landscape and you’ll see the hillsides speckled with Herdwick sheep with their brightly painted fleeces and newborn lambs in tow.
Fancy heading to the Lakes for a last minute springtime break? Take a look at our accommodation at Whitbarrow and start planning your perfect getaway.