Windermere & Lake District Wildlife
Windermere is a nationally important place for wildlife and is home to some of the rarest aquatic plants, fish and birds to be found in the UK. Lake District Wildlife and Windermere go hand in hand, below we start to find out why.
Wintering birds such as the GoldenEye or Tufted Duck can be found in the region. Plus the widest range of large aquatic plants in the National Park.
Underwater plants such as Waterwort and White Water Lily can also be found in Windermere. The region is also home to important lakeshore wetlands, where otters and native white-clawed crayfish thrive. Charr fish can also still be found in the lake, although are usually associated with Arctic Waters.
Reed beds offer secure resting places for birds and breeding birds in the spring and summer. Reed fringes also help break up wave energy from wind and boat wakes, and slow down the erosion of the shoreline.
Grey squirrels are increasing their populations in Cumbria, although there are still large numbers of red squirrels within northern areas of the National Park. When faced with competition from grey squirrels the reds survive best in large blocks of coniferous woodland.
Squirrels require a consistent and diverse food supply. Their diet consists of tree seeds, nuts, berries, cones, buds, shoots, flowers, lichen, fungi and occasionally insects. The autumn and winter seed harvest is important for surviving the winter and for breeding successfully the following year.
Lake District Wildlife Park
The Lake District Wildlife Park, situated just ten minutes from Keswick is the only wildlife park in north Cumbria.
Trotters World of Animals has rebranded to become the Lake District Wildlife Park. Representing the transition from its early days as a farm park. Today, the emphasis is very much on conservation, education and engaging with visitors. Keepers are keen to talk and enjoy passing on their knowledge and enthusiasm.
Visitors can wander around the beautiful 24-acre parkland and see over 100 species. Magical Bird of Prey flying displays have been a regular feature since the park opened. Owners of the park have gathered an eclectic mix of over 100 animal and reptile species.
South Lakes Safari Zoo, a mile from Dalton-in-Furness Top are among the highlights. Lake District’s only zoological park is recognised as one of Europe’s leading conservation zoos. 17 acres are home to the rarest animals on earth.
Lakes Aquarium at Newby Bridge is on the southern end of Windermere. Discover over 30 displays, following the fascinating world of wildlife and freshwater creatures.
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