The Lake District is a birdwatcher's paradiseCome and discover it for yourselves

There is no better place in Britain for bird-watching than the Lake District, and from your base at the Hawksmoor Lakeland Guest House, you’re within easy reach of a whole range of popular birding spots.

With its magnificent countryside providing a diverse range of habitats, Cumbria has plenty to offer the experienced bird-watcher and keen amateur alike. As well as our more common visitors such as the greylag geese, cormorants and godwits, the Lake District also plays host to a number of uncommon and rare birds all year round.

In the summer months you might be lucky enough to glimpse a honey-buzzard, little ringed plover or puffin passing through, and as winter draws in, uncommon migrants such as the snow goose, merlin or hen harrier might put in an appearance.

In recent years, the Lake District has been home to one of the rarest and most fascinating birds, high on any bird-watcher’s checklist – the wild osprey. More than a century and a half after they were last seen in Great Britain, a pair arrived from Africa in 2001 and set up home in the Lakes, and their offspring returns every year to breed. About three miles outside of Keswick, Dodd Wood offers two of the best vantage points from which to watch these fantastic hunters teaching their young to fish on Lake Bassenthwaite.

So whether you’ve come with a wish-list or simply want to keep an eye open as you enjoy the idyllic countryside, the birds of the Lake District won’t disappoint!

Posted by Hawksmoor Admin