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Wildlife Wandering: Where to find the UK’s rarest creatures at our parks

The UK is home to a variety of wonderful wildlife and what better way to be at one with nature than trying to spot some of the rare animals and insects that live amongst us.

At our parks we love nature and try do our bit where we can, each one of our parks is represented by an animal and we have loads going on in our parks to support the wildlife, such as nature trails and bug hotels! We’ve also got some exciting nature boards launching at our parks very soon.

We’re lucky enough to be surrounded by incredible landscapes that are home to some of these creatures meaning when you holiday with us you have the perfect opportunity to go looking for them, we have swans on our lakes, rabbits and even deer on our park at Malvern View.

The rarest animals that you can find in the UK include Red Squirrels, Pine Martens, and Water Voles all of which can be spotted close to our parks.

To help you out we have rounded up the rarest and must-see animals to see this Spring/Summer season.

Pine Marten

Cornwall - Home to sandy beaches and beautiful landscapes, you can spot some rare creatures such as the beaver which were once extinct in Britain, a pine marten that has been seen in Cornwall for the first time in 100 years and the basking shark which is the second largest fish in the world, these incredible underwater creatures migrate here between April and October.

Curlew

Herefordshire - If you’re visiting here then you can be sure to spot Curlew’s, these birds are often spotted in Herefordshire’s infamous Lugg Meadows, but are slowly becoming extinct due to humans and dogs being more present within the park. Both Fallow Deer and Red Deer can also be spotted in the national parks within Herefordshire, especially in woodland glades, including Park Leisure’s Malvern View development and last but not least is the Great Crested Grebes that can be spotted near Titley Pool.

Dormouse

Lancashire - When spotting wildlife here you’re likely to come across dormice which are usually found in woodlands and overgrown hedgerows, these tiny nocturnal animals were on the brink of extinction until the 1000th Hazel Dormouse was recently reintroduced into the UK within the Lancashire area. Lancashire also offers the potential of seeing reptiles including the common lizard in places such as Little Woolden Moss and Haskayne Cutting as well as the UK’s only poisonous snake, the adder, that can be spotted in moor and heathland habitats, such as Warton Crag National Park.

Pole Cat

North Wales - The stunning landscapes of North Wales are home to rare creatures such as the polecat, around 40% of the Polecat population are found in Wales and you’re most likely to find them in Anglesey. Orcas can also be found in Wales with the most common place to see these magnificent animals on the Pembrokeshire coast, where you might also spot some species of dolphin and porpoises. If you want to find something smaller though Wales is also home to the Holly Blue Butterfly, an easily identified species of butterfly seen in early spring, it emerges well before other blue butterflies. It tends to fly high around bushes and trees.

Red Squirrel

Northumberland Hareshaw Linn, Holystone woods and Simonside (Harwood) forest are good places to try if you’re on the lookout for red squirrels in Northumberland, try and look out for nibbled pinecones and cracked hazel nuts. If you’re looking for Roe Deer however try In and around Billsmoor deer park on Simonside there is a herd of Fallow deer. These are larger deer (nearer to 1m at the shoulder) often lighter brown than the roe deer with white spots and large palmate antlers. Northumberland is also home to Montane Goat they roam the Cheviot Hills of Northumberland National Park, there are very few of them left and they live independently in the wild.

Puffin

Yorkshire - Yorkshire is home to an array of wildlife and The Yorkshire Dales national park and surrounding villages have become known as top spots to sight the Red Squirrel due to their efforts in conservation. Puffins can also be spotted clinging to Flamborough Cliffs, which boasts unrivalled views of them, particularly during spring. There is also an opportunity to spot Roe Deer in the Grass Wood Nature Reserve, close to Grassington.

If you want to see some of these incredible creatures you also need to keep in mind not to disturb them in their natural habitat, we caught up with James Byrne, Landscapes Recovery Programme Manager for The Wildlife Trusts who shares his top tips when looking for wildlife.

Top tips:

To explore some of our park's best wildlife, check availability for a holiday at one our parks here.

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