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Wildlife & Bird Watching

With 354 recorded bird species, native mammals such as red deer and otters, and millions of creepy crawlies that include tiger moths and common lizards, Lancashire’s wilder side offers up some great days out.

From the rugged moorlands of Bowland to the dramatic sands of Morecambe Bay, Lancashire is renowned for its birds and wildlife. The county’s varied countryside is home to world-famous breeding grounds and attracts birdwatchers from across the globe eager for a sight of its rare species. From the hen harrier in its hillside home to the red throated diver on the shores of the Irish Sea, Lancashire is a mecca for bird lovers throughout the year.

Whatever part of the county you are exploring, take your binoculars and prepare to be rewarded for your patience by a real wildlife show. This is a part of England rich in nature as well as heritage and be prepared to be dazzled (if you’re lucky you will see one of the country’s rarest plants too – the Lady’s Slipper Orchid – Cypripedium Calceolus).

  • Also check out the Lancashire Wildlife Blog which includes blogs from around the county as well as features on wildlife hotspots. 

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  1. South Walney Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Reserve

    Location:

    Barrow In Furness

    A wild and exposed coastal reserve with thousands of breeding seabirds, wintering birds, grey seals as well as coastal Flora. Four miles of trail and 8 hides give amazing views of Morecambe Bay.

  2. Add Brockholes to your Itinerary

    Brockholes

    Type

    Nature Reserve

    Location:

    Preston

    Brockholes is a new kind of nature reserve, an unreserved reserve. Located at Junction 31 of the M6, our beautiful reserve complete with trails and hides, is crowned by a floating Visitor Village featuring a gift shop, local food store and restaurant

  3. Add Bowland Wild Boar Park to your Itinerary

    Bowland Wild Boar Park

    Type

    Animal Collection

    Location:

    Chipping

    Bowland Wild Boar Park is a family run business set in 65 acres in the heart of the Forest of Bowland and offers a brilliant and fun day out with the family. Enjoy a picnic or go for a ramble around the footpaths of the park whilst viewing wild boars, llamas, wallabys, red squirrels, pet lambs and...

  4. Add RSPB Leighton Moss and Morecambe Bay Nature Reserve to your Itinerary

    RSPB Leighton Moss and Morecambe Bay Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Reserve

    Location:

    Silverdale

    Leighton Moss has an abundance of special birds and wildlife. You can hire binoculars, visit nature trails, come to events or get some retail therapy in our RSPB gift shop and enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal in our award-winning cafe.

  5. Add Gisburn Forest Hub to your Itinerary

    Gisburn Forest Hub

    Type

    Forest Area / Park

    Location:

    Gisburn

    This is the largest forest in Lancashire and has a network of waymarked forest walks and a cycle trail. These are based on existing forest roads offering a variety of routes with a total length of the cycle network of 16km.

  6. Add WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre to your Itinerary

    WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre

    Type

    Nature Reserve

    Location:

    Nr Ormskirk

    WWT Martin Mere is where wilderness and family-friendliness combine. Autumn and winter are fantastic times to visit the nature reserve and animal collection.

  7. Add Rivington Pike to your Itinerary

    Rivington Pike

    Type

    Viewpoint

    Rivington Pike is one of the north of England's best viewpoints. The historic tower is reputed to date as far back as far as 1138 and boasts breath-taking views of Rivington and beyond.

  8. Add RSPB Ribble Discovery Centre to your Itinerary

    RSPB Ribble Discovery Centre

    Type

    Natural Feature

    Location:

    Lytham St Annes

    RSPB Discovery Centre, an interesting visitor attraction with interactive displays and volunteers who will explain all about the wildlife on the Ribble Estuary, one of the best areas in the world for different species of birds.

  9. Add Cobble Hey Farm and Gardens to your Itinerary

    Cobble Hey Farm and Gardens

    Type

    Garden

    Location:

    Garstang

    Take all the family to Cobble Hey Farm & Gardens, for a great day out in the beautiful Bowland Fells. With friendly farm animals to meet, farm land to explore and cosy teashop there is something for everyone.

  10. Add Wyre Estuary Country Park to your Itinerary

    Wyre Estuary Country Park

    Type

    Country Park/Nature Reserve

    Location:

    Thornton

    The award winning Wyre Estuary Country Park is situated on the banks of the River Wyre and its network of paths lead visitors through a variety of estuary and riverside views. Includes a cafe and children's natural play area.

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