The British countryside, coastline and parkland are the perfect places to discover a diverse range of wildlife and a pub is the ideal base offering delicious food and drink, a warm welcome and comfortable characterful bedrooms. Here are a few of our favourite locations for spotting wildlife:
There are a number parks in the UK where you can see wild red deer roaming free. Richmond Park, which was established in the 17th Century, is home to red deer and also fallow deer. Some of the other locations where you can spot deer are Bradgate Park, Lyme Park and Chatsworth Park. Red deer are known for their vibrant pelts and breathtaking antlers that can grow up to a meter long.
One of the most common sea mammals found around the British coastline are grey seals and the best time to see them is during the Autumn. Donna Nook National Nature Reserve in Lincolnshire is a great place to view these spectacular creatures and their pubs.
After nearly vanishing from the UK in the 1970’s, Otter numbers are growing as a result of conservation efforts. One of the best places to see them in the wild is at Portrack Marsh in Teeside where these semi-aquatic animals live in freshwater locations and communicate with high pitch sounds.
Red squirrels are native to the UK although their numbers have been dramatically affected by the introduction of the grey squirrel.Even though they are known for their red fur, the best way to distinguish between the squirrels is their size with red squirrels being much smaller than grey ones. It can be very hard to spot red squirrels but the best places to see them are the Poole Harbour Islands, Cumbria and Northumberland.
The New Forest National Park is full of amazing wildlife and diverse habitats. In fact, much of the area has been awarded Special Area of Conservation status due to how rich the wildlife is. Synonmous with the New Forest is its native ponies, which can be seen roaming around. They are of varying colour and size due to being interbred with other breeds.
The New Forest is home to 5 different species of deer, with only two being native to the UK. These beautiful creatures are easy to spot, as the females are flecked with white spots, and the males sport impressive antlers.
More information on The New Forest National Park’s wildlife can be found here.
One of the most popular places to visit in the UK is the Lake District. The World Heritage Site is home to rolling hills, mountains and crystal clear lakes. The Lake District is an incredible natural habitat for birds, animals and wildlife. Its low population rates and varied geology has meant that many rare species can be found here. Of those species, you may catch a glimpse of red squirrels, otters, Roe Deer, Herdwick Sheep, Peregrin Falcons and Buzzards.
More information on the different types of wildlife can be found here.
Due to its diverse terrain and rich flora and fauna, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park is a paradise for animals, birds and fish. Whichever time of year you visit the Park, there is always something to see. Red Deer, Red Squirrel, Black Grouse and Golden Eagles are just some of the wildlife living in this area.