Top 10 places to spot spectacular wildlife in Cumbria

Date: Tuesday 26th September 2017
The dramatic sight of red deer locking antlers at Martindale.
The dramatic sight of red deer locking antlers at Martindale.

A NEW guide published by Cumbria Wildlife Trust flags up 10 great places to see wildlife in the county this autumn.

The colours of autumn are spectacular in Cumbria, as trees start to turn from green to red, brown and gold.

Against this lovely backdrop, the trust is inviting people to enjoy the sight of red squirrels foraging for nuts, spot red deer during the rut and marvel at the great numbers of migrating birds arriving on the county’s coast.

The trust has just published a new guide to 10 great places to see autumn wildlife in Cumbria, recommending some special areas to see stunning seasonal highlights. They include the Martindale Valley, one of the best places in Cumbria to see red deer.

October is the rutting season, so why not pay a visit (early morning and dusk are the best times) and listen out for the distinctive bellowing of the males. You may also be lucky enough to see them locking antlers.

Equally worth a visit is Haweswater RSPB reserve, also a good place to see red deer, as well as red squirrels, peregrine, buzzard and large movements of migrating birds.

The guide is available to download at