Wildlife Spotting in England

A trip to England surely entitles a walk in forest paths and lush serene gardens. However, the good thing is, England is also a great place for wildlife spotting. Here is a list of places and animal species that one can expect to meet when wildlife spotting in England, provided by our friends over at World Adventure Travel Active Holiday Guide.

  1. Lee Valley Regional Park ishome to kingfishers, otters and other animals that dwell in riverbanks and the nearby forests. The park is a 26-mile wide reserve that houses these gentle species.  
  2. Blyth Estuary in Suffolk is not only a haven for both migratory and endemic bird species. The whole area is also home to the avocet, the woodlark, the bittern and the black-tailed godwit. There is much to see and even learn so the best thing to do when planning a visit to the estuary is to be in the bird hide which the English Nature has built for the purpose.
  3. Farne Islands seals and puffins are only two of the sea and shore dwellers that thrive and spend most of their time in the area. Farne Islands can be arrived to by boat ride from the coast of Northumberland to see all these things.
  4. Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall. Sharks are known to grow up to 20 feet long. They are among the dreaded creatures of the deep with their strong and huge teeth. However, they are very fascinating that dread is not an issue when it comes to grabbing the chance of meeting them in the Lizard Peninsula. Good thing is the peninsula’s dwellers are the Basking Sharks which feed on sea plankton.
  5. Whitelee Moor is a pleasant dwelling place for otters and their bog neighbors the black grouse, the ring ouzel and the skylark. The bog is known to be home to among the healthiest and finest species of seal in the area.
  6. Blakeney Point in Norfolk is home to the common seal and the grey seal. It is known that the shore of Blakeney Point houses 500 seals that one can see up close from a nearby boat. If one is luck and the visit coincides when the seals decide to take a dip in the waters and to swim by the boats.
  7. Isles of Scilly has temperate waters that dolphins love. This makes the place a very inviting summer venue for these creatures to lounge and play around. Most of the time, visitors will see about 50 dolphins playing nearby at a time.
  8. Brownsea Island is a good place to find or at least look for red squirrels. These fun little things can be nimble and clever so if one is after spotting them, one would definitely need a good eye. To increase one’s chances of spotting or even photographing them, one has to look for left-over pines and cones that they leave behind after a messy meal. Follow the trail of their meal and get a good chance of spotting them.
  9. Tatton Park is home to the red and the fallow deer that has been brought into the park by a Royal Charter in 1290. While the herds of deer are the main attraction in the park, the area showcases a picturesque view the whole year round especially in autumn.


With the number of forests and natural reserves in England, it is ultimately possible to meet wonderful animal species in their natural habitats. From the creatures of the sea to those that fly about in the air and to those who walk and run about in the forests and plains, it is indeed a great adventure to go wildlife spotting in England.

If this is something you enjoy, you may want to try something a bit more adventurous, such as a Safari. It might be worth reading this article over on World Adventure Travel on how to prepare for a safari holiday first!