Here at the Pheasant Inn we're lucky to be surrounded by natural habitats for all types of wildlife… especially native and migrating birds. The nearby lakes, forests, mountains and pastures offer a diverse safari of the feathered kind! So whether you're an avid birdwatcher with all the kit or a beginner keen to spot birds on scenic walks, spread your wings to some of our favourite bird watching sites in the area:
Dodd Wood (20 minute drive from the Pheasant)
Best for: the elusive ospreys The magnificent osprey was sadly extinct in England for 150 years, but thanks to careful breeding programmes it's thought that there are now 300 pairs in the country. The Lake District Osprey Project has created viewing points halfway up Dodd Wood helping spotters catch sight of these incredible birds as they fish in Bassenthwaite Lake. Be sure to plan your osprey expedition in the warmer months – the birds migrate to Africa in September for the winter season.
Derwentwater (10 minutes from the Pheasant Inn)
Best for: the common sandpiper Derwentwater is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and surrounded by marsh habitats home to birds like the common sandpiper and the snipe. As well as wetland birds, swans, geese and ducks are in abundance on the rippling water (encouraged by the bags of feed bought by many visitors!) Choose your mode of transport for bird watching at Derwentwater - on foot, rowing or canoeing across the lake, or from the deck of the Keswick Launch.
Haweswater (a little further afield, around an hour, but well worth it)
Best for: peregrines, ravens and buzzards Haweswater near Penrith is an RSPB nature reserve with an amazing range of habitats for birds – wild moorland and heathlands, patches of woodland leading up to mountains and fells, with bogs and wetlands around the water. The tranquil area attracts buzzards and peregrines hunting over the grasslands, and colourful redstarts with their bright orange tails. Haweswater was also home to England’s last known Golden Eagle.
Pheasant Inn beer garden (minutes from your room!)
Best for: a relaxing afternoon’s birdwatching We highly recommend spending a warm afternoon in our beer garden to round off your birdspotting experience – it’s been listed as one of the best beer gardens in the country! The garden is a paradise for British birds and wild species, tucked away from roads and traffic surrounded by woodlands with Sale Fell rising in the distance. Order a drink, sit back and relax…you might be lucky and spot an osprey flying towards Bassenthwaite Lake.