Whinlatter Wildlife



Whinlatter Forest is home to a host of wonderful wildlife, which you can enjoy searching for on your visit.  Roe deer, badgers, foxes and buzzards are just some of the more common animals who make their homes in the forest.

Rarer animals also thrive here, particularly some special birds.  Crossbills and siskins, both of which love this mountain forest environment, are “must see” species.  Whinlatter is also home to the Lake District Osprey Project. The project is a partnership between the Forestry Commission, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the Lake District National Park. It’s been running since 2001 to help protect the breeding ospreys, managing the viewpoints in Dodd Wood and the visitor information centre at Whinlatter Forest. In the osprey season, April to early September, there are around 100 volunteers working, to provide protection for the birds and provide information and interpretation for visitors. You can find out more about the project at www.ospreywatch.co.uk.

Another special resident in the forest is our native red squirrel, who loves life in the mature conifer trees that typify Whinlatter.  The forest is a National Red Squirrel Reserve and a stronghold for the species, which prefers large coniferous woodlands, as opposed to their grey cousins who like life in the wooded valleys below.

Our Rangers work hard to protect species such as red squirrels and ospreys for you to enjoy, but we always need your help.  You can get involved by joining the Friends of Whinlatter group, who support the red squirrel protection work or by getting in touch with the osprey project team. Find out more on the volunteering page.