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.

Wintering birds such as the Golden Eye 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, which are usually associated with Arctic Waters.

Reed beds offer secure resting places for birds and breeding birds in the spring and summer and reed fringes also help break up wave energy from wind and boat wakes, and slow down the erosion of the shoreline.

Although grey squirrels are increasing their populations in South Cumbria, and to a lesser extent North Cumbria, 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.

They need a consistent and diverse food supply consisting 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. Squirrels do not hibernate, they need to eat all year round to survive. Between April and August the natural food supplies of a red squirrel are at their lowest, consequently as many as 5 out of 6 young red squirrels may die in their first year.

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, emphasis is very much on conservation, education and engaging with visitors – our Keepers are keen to talk and enjoy passing on their knowledge and enthusiasm.

Wander around the beautiful 24 acre parkland and see over 100 species. The magical Bird of Prey flying displays have been a regular feature since the park opened. We have gathered an eclectic mix of over 100 animal and reptile species from Anaconda to Zebra.

Top places to visit include the South Lakes Safari Zoo, a mile from Dalton-in-Furness. This the Lake District’s only zoological park, which is recognised as one of Europe’s leading conservation zoos. 17 acres are home to the rarest animals on earth, who are participants in co-ordinated breeding programmes to save them from extinction in the wild.

Visit the Lakes Aquarium at Newby Bridge, on the southern end of Windermere you can discover in over 30 displays the fascinating and often secret world of wildlife and freshwater creatures dwelling in and alongside the magnificent waters.

Eagles, buzzards and owls from this country and abroad.

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