Flora & Fauna

The area abounds in wildlife: Speak softly, tread gently & it becomes visible.    


Here can be seen fox, fallow and red deer, badger & red squirrels.  

We also have a huge variety of both native & visiting birds among which are buzzard, heron, yellowhammer, green, spotted & also lesser - spotted woodpecker. Swans,ducks and cormorants can be seen on Rydal Water. In summer swallows and swifts visit along with the occasional fieldfare & redwing.

The trees by the Heritage Board are the nesting site for many of the Rydal owl population.
Oystercatchers visit (but sadly only pass through) & the bubbling call of the curlew can also be heard.

Wildflowers are less prolific in this area, mainly due to years of overgrazing by local sheep but trefoil, honeysuckle & ragged robin can be found along with wild violets, celandines, oxeye daisies, sweet cecily, water mint & wild primroses. Rest harrow has been found on Loughrigg but this is now a rarity. 

Click here to go to Nature Notes in the Main Rydal Guide Pages (Opens in a separate window)

The Stepping Stones