Few places in England have the range of wildlife habitats and expanses of natural environments of the Lake District. An established National Park, the Lake District is located entirely within Cumbria, in the North West of England.
In spite of major west coast road and rail routes through Cumbria, linking Scotland in the north to Lancashire in the south, Cumbria, like it’s other neighbours, Northumberland, County Durham, and North Yorkshire is predominantly rural in nature and is dominated by the mountains, or fells, open green spaces and lakes themselves, which draw many visitors to the area each year.
There are three distinct bird habitats in the Lake District, the mountains, or fells, the lowland wooded and moor areas, and the lakes, all of which are home to a wide variety of bird species. The only pair of golden eagles in England share the mountains with buzzards and peregrines and white ear and ring ousel in the spring.
Lowland and woodland migratory species include wood warbler, pied flycatcher, tree pipit, and redstart, which join the local residents of woodpecker, sparrowhawk, chaffinch, and nuthatch. On the lakes, waterfowl, goldeneye, and tufted duck are common as are grey wagtail, dipper, and common sandpiper on the lake edges and rivers. Red grouse, more associated with Scotland, are found in the heather moors.
Lake District bird watching facilities are common, with hides and observation points giving local information on migratory species, native species and breeding sites.
Many visitors to the area combine bird watching with a range of other activities centred around the lakes and fens and after a good day out, the comprehensive range of cafes, bars and restaurants in the Lake district towns and villages provide some welcome respite from the great outdoors. Lake district bird watching is a popular way to spend the time in the area and when you visit it’s easy to see why.