Cumbria remains one of England’s most rural and unspoilt counties, with far less human traffic than many places in the UK. Because of this, nature flourishes, and the Lake District area is a haven for spotting all sorts of species which you might not see in other locations.
Keen bird watchers are just starting to discover the Lake District. Because the wildlife seems to outnumber the humans, there are lots of birds to be seen, and we’ve had some exciting finds reported on bird watching websites as more bird watchers arrive.
If you’re interested in watching the avian world, the Lake District has plenty of places to visit. Depending on your level of skill, there’s a bird watching spot perfect for you. Obviously, we have rivers and lakes, but you can also spot birds on the valleys and hill side ridges. A lot of our county is classed as high ground, over 400 m from sea level, so expect to see some unusual sights.
You can get to the Solway Firth from Borrowdale Gates in about an hour, where you’ll find Campfield Marsh RSPB reserve. Barnacles, avocets and oyster catchers are regular sights, while birds of prey like falcons and harriers circle the marshes. If you don’t mind bird watching off the beaten track, head east to Herdhill Scar, where you’ll be rewarded with views of the Solway Skua.
If you’re keen to stay within the boundaries of the Lake District, another RSPB site, Haweswater, is home to colonies of eagles, buzzards and peregrine falcons. It’s also Britain’s only recognised breeding colony of golden eagles.
Hodbarrow is Cumbria’s largest coastal lagoon, and at just over 90 minutes from Borrowdale Gates, it may seem a bit of a trek, but it’ll be worth it because not only are you promised views of glebes, terns and warblers, there’s also a high likelihood of spotting a few seals in the estuary.
Round off your day with one of our delicious meals and a comfy bed at Borrowdale Gates, and enjoy memories of the wonderful wildlife that the Lake District has to offer.