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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.

Spring

See the golden eagle displaying. 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 (illustration)Golden eagle (illustration)Raven (illustration)Ring ouzel (illustration)
DipperGolden eagleRavenRing ouzel

Summer

Views of the golden eagle flying, 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 (illustration)Golden eagle (illustration)Wheatears (illustration)
BuzzardDipperGolden eagleWheatear

Autumn

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

Dipper (illustration)Goosander (illustration)Adult peregrine artworkRaven (illustration)
DipperGoosanderPeregrineRaven

Winter

Golden eagle harder to see, but the patient watcher may catch a glimpse. 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 (illustration)Goosander (illustration)Raven (illustration)
BuzzardCommon gullGoosanderRaven

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Where is it?

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

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Note: Some reserves are not served directly by public transport and, in these cases, a nearby destination (from which you may need to walk or take a taxi or ferry) may be offered.

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