If you’re looking to enjoy some of the UK’s wondrous wildlife, then a visit to Kielder Water and Forest Park will not disappoint.
Take a wander in the open air and you can encounter Kielder’s ‘Super Six’, a stunning selection of native wildlife. And while encountering red squirrels, pipistrelle bats, roe deer, salmon and otters is an amazing experience in itself, nothing beats the majesty of seeing the stunning sixth: ospreys soaring high in the Northumbrian sky.
After more than 200 years of absence, these glorious birds of prey were reintroduced to Northumberland in 2009, and their return to British shores each year, after wintering in warmer climes, is a wonderful herald of spring.
You don’t need to take your trusty binoculars to see them either. The excitement about ospreys is infectious in Kielder, and there are plenty of ways to watch. Osprey Watch offers telescope and a live ‘nestcam’ feed provided by the Forestry Commission. Kielder Castle Visitor Centre will also be featuring a large viewing screen, and there are bird hides and more.
After being named for the first time in 2017, you will be able to see returning osprey chicks – named using the initials A and B – from previous years along with new hatchlings. This year is all about the initial C. Can you guess which names will be picked?
A wonderful break accompanied by an equally wondrous reminder of the returning warm weather awaits. So start planning your spring and summer break at Landal Kielder Waterside.