5 Fantastic Places To See Wildlife In The UK

The UK is a hotbed of wildlife activity, whether you’re walking in the Scottish Highlands or birdwatching in your back garden down south. For anyone who’s planning a trip to the UK and wants to find one of a kind places to see animals in their natural habitat I’ve included five of the most breathtaking.


hicklingHickling Broad is found in Norfolk, situated at the top of the Upper Thurne river system. Boat trips are conducted regularly and it’s the perfect opportunity to see the common crane – our tallest breeding species of bird with a wingspan that’s greater than a golden eagle’s. At 2.5m, the wings will be quite the sight if you catch them in the early morning as they fly over the water and into the fields to feed. Their breeding routine begins in February where the birds engage in a mating dance, circling and bowing to each other.

Along with cranes you’ll be able to see a number of other wonderful birds like kingfishers, hen harriers, bitterns and Cetti warblers. Mammals include Chinese water deer, otters and koniks, a species of wild Polish ponies.

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lundyTake a trip to the UK’s only marine nature reserve, an island that’s ten miles off the coast of Devon and is the largest in the Bristol Channel. Lundy Island is a spectacular landmark that features rugged cliffs and serene grassy slopes that are home to all kinds of flora and fauna.

The island contains the largest seabird colony in the south of England as well as wild ponies, goats and soay sheep. Head down to the coast and you might catch a glimpse of seals, bottlenose dolphins, harbour porpoises and even basking sharks.

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cairngormOur largest national park can be found in the Scottish Highlands, featuring 3800 sq kms of wilderness. Cairngorms is a blend of breathtaking habitats, from the remains of an ancient Caledonian forest to arctic mountain landscapes.

Animals that can be spotted include golden eagles, ospreys, snow buntings, otters, wild cats, roe deer, the rare red squirrel and Scottish crossbill, the only bird unique to the UK.

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2010The New Forest is located in South West Hampshire and was designed by William The Conqueror to be a ‘royal’ forest, meaning a place he could hunt freely. The area is full of vibrant habits like valley bogs, deciduous woodland as well as wet and dry heaths. Among the vibrant greenery you’ll find plenty of relaxing spots to see a variety of wildlife.

The animals to watch out for are northern lapwings, adders, smooth snake, woodlarks, ponies and red, fallow, roe and sika deer. The forest also boasts unique insect life, such as the only native cicada to Britain.

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explore-lee-valleyIf you find yourself in London then Lee Valley Park is the place to be for any wildlife enthusiast. It runs for 26 miles, stretching out from Stratford in East London to Ware in Hertfordshire. You’ll be able to reach the start of the 10000 acre park by hopping on the Tube and exploring the five nature reserves that it encompasses.

With 32 species of mammals, 10000 water birds and 21 species of dragonfly you’re spoilt for choice on what to see. Special animals to watch out for include the elusive bittern, otter and water vole.

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