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Seasonal highlights

Each season brings a different experience at our nature reserves. In spring, the air is filled with birdsong as they compete to establish territories and attract a mate. In summer, look out for young birds making their first venture into the outside world. Autumn brings large movements of migrating birds - some heading south to a warmer climate, others seeking refuge in the UK from the cold Arctic winter. In winter, look out for large flocks of birds gathering to feed, or flying at dusk to form large roosts to keep warm.


Wheatears, ring ouzels, redstarts and pied flycatchers return from their wintering grounds to breed. Dippers can be seen darting by the water's edge. Ravens, peregrines and buzzards hunt over the grassland, whilst breeding goosanders can be seen on the reservoir.

Dipper - adultRavenRing ouzel - male
DipperRavenRing ouzel


Wheatears preparing for their migration, dippers at the water's edge, ravens, peregrines and buzzards hunting, goosanders on the reservoir. Red deer and red squirrels may also be seen.

BuzzardDipper - adultWheatear - male


Rutting season means good views of red deer. Dippers, ravens, peregrines, buzzards, goosanders and red squirrels can also be seen.

Dipper - adultGoosander - malePeregrine - adult Raven


Dippers, ravens, peregrines, buzzards and goosanders. In winter, tens of thousands of gulls roost on the reservoir overnight. Come just before dusk to watch them flying in.

BuzzardCommon gull - adult in breeding plumageGoosander - maleRaven
BuzzardCommon gullGoosanderRaven

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  • Lat/lng: 54.48976,-2.82124
  • Grid reference: NY469108
  • Nearest town: Penrith, Cumbria
  • County: Cumbria
  • Country: England

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