Nature in the North West

If you’ve enjoyed visits to museums, or are looking to spend time outdoors, the North West has lots to offer. Far from being ‘grim up north’, the North West is home to some fantastic wildlife and special places. From the high peaks of the Lake District to the vast expanse of Morecambe Bay, and more locally in parks and woodlands in towns and cities, nature is all around us. So, whether its landscapes or sunsets, woodland walks or great flocks of birds you’re looking for, get outdoors in the North West. It’s good for the body, it’s good for the soul, and it’s good for nature too.

  • Ainsdale Sand Dunes NNR

    The dunes are home to over 450 plant species including 33 that are locally or regionally rare like petalwort, seaside centaury, and yellow bartsia.

  • Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

    Stunning limestone pavements, ancient woodlands, intimate orchards and meadows and an impressive coastline make Arnside & Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty one of England's finest landscapes.

  • Explore nature with the Wildlife Trusts- find a nature reserve near you

    Whether its the coast, woodlands, wetlands or the high hills, there are lots of great places with great wildlife in the North West
  • Explore wildlife in the North West with the RPSB

    The RSPB has some amazing reserves in the North West, giving home to many thousands of birds. Whether it's Hen Harriers in Bowland Forest, Bitterns at Leighton Moss, or great flocks of waders and Starlings, or just a walk in the countryside, there's something for everyone.

  • Grizedale Forest

    From the all access Ridding Wood trail to the demanding Silurian Way, from Go Ape to The North Face Trail, amazing sculptures to great food, Grizedale offers an unrivalled day out for everyone. Come and visit us and discover an outdoor experience you will want to come back for time and again.

  • Lake District National Park

    England's largest National Park is home to Scafell Pike - its highest mountain, Wastwater - its deepest lake and thriving communities like Keswick and Bowness-on-Windermere.

  • RSPB Dove Stone

    A landscape that will take your breath away. Towering hills, sheer rock faces, swathes of open moorland, a picturesque reservoir - that's Dove Stone, the northern gateway to the Peak District National Park.

  • Pond-dipping at Leighton Moss

    RSPB Leighton Moss

    Leighton Moss is the largest reedbed in north-west England, and home to some really special birds such as breeding bitterns, bearded tits and marsh harriers. RSPB Leighton Moss nature reserve is an ideal place for people new to birdwatching with a wide variety of birds to be seen throughout the year.

  • WWT Martin Mere

    Wilderness and family-friendliness combine at Martin Mere Wetland Centre. In the winter there are wild ducks, geese and swans in their thousands offering spectacular aerial displays, but year round the centre is home to resident water birds, otters and beavers. For events, see the website.