Annual Wildlife and Nature Highlights In Yorkshire

Blue Tit on a branch

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Spot A Bittern

Easier to hear than to see, the Bittern is found at several reserves in Yorkshire including RSPB Dearne Valley Old Moor Site and Blacktoft Sands. While numbers have risen slightly this bird is still endangered.

Swathes of snowdrops in a wodland setting.

Snowdrops in Yorkshire

Wrap up and head out to see the first beautiful signs of springon a snowdrop walk. Carpets of snowdrops on woodland floors are a spectacular sight.


Puffins at Bempton Cliffs

Thousands of birds return to the cliffs of RSPB Bemptn Cliffs to nest in the spring, among these are the wonderful and comical puffins. They visit from mid-April to mid-July to see the adult birds flying in and out on fishing trips.

Muker wildflower meadows in the Yorkshire Dales

Muker Wildflower Meadows

The Muker area is one of the best places to see upland hay meadows from public footpaths in the Yorkshire Dales. Some of the meadows at Muker are protected as part of the Muker meadows Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and the Northern Pennine Dales Meadows Special Area of Conservation (SAC). They are species-rich with a very wide range of wildflowers and grasses including Wood Crane’s-bill, Melancholy Thistle, Yellow Rattle, Pignut, Lady’s Mantles, Rough Hawkbit, Cat’s-ear and Sweet Vernal Grass.

Red Squirrel

Snaizeholme Red Squirrels

The Snaizeholme red squirrel viewing area lies in the heart of the Widdale Red Squirrel Reserve. The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and local landowners have created the red squirrel viewing area for the public at Snaizeholme, so you can see them in the wild.

Deer HErd at Fountains Abbey

The Deer Rut

Experience the annual Deer rut. The rut involves battles between the male deer as they compete to lead the harem of female deer ahead of the mating season. Fountains Abbey Deer Park is a great place to see the action. Remember don't get too close and dogs MUST be on a lead.

Purple Flowering Heather Moorland

Purple Haze - Flowering Heather

Five best places to see heather in Yorkshire, the National Parks of the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Dales to moorlands of West Yorkshire and the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding beauty.


Dolphin and Whale Watching

During the summer months it's not just tourists who flock to Yorkshire's coast, dolphins and whales are also frequent visitors. Join a cruise to try and spot these animals and a host of other species who frequent the shoreline.

Bluebell Woods in Yorkshire

Bluebell Woods in Yorkshire

Bluebell Woods of Yorkshire, enjoy a spring day out enjoying one of the most spectacular natural sights. Natural family days out in Yorkshire.