• Goldfinch

    Goldfinch

  • Song thrush

    Song thrush

  • Goosander

    Goosander

  • Northern wheatear

    Northern wheatear

  • Robin

    Robin

  • Little grebe

    Little grebe

Birdwatching cottage, Keswick

In the garden: you will see and hear all the usual garden birds (blackbirds, thrushes, robins, wrens, tits and finches). Many of them nest in the garden. Goldfinches, siskins, nut hatches and greater spotted woodpeckers are regular visitors to the bird tables which are in front of the kitchen window, and we will provide you with all the the seeds and nuts you will need to feed them. You can even make a note of all the different species that you see. See if you can beat the record in the book provided!

In the forestry and fell beyond: you are bound to see buzzards and ravens, and from April through until Sepember you are more than likely to spot the Bassenthwaite Ospreys. They have been nesting in the Thornthwaite woods opposite Rose Cottage for more than 10 years; sometimes they can be seen taking fish from the Lake in front of the house. Other summer visitors include spotted flycatchers, swifts, swallows and cuckoos.

In the marshland below: there are snipe, sandpipers, mallard, teal, goldeneye, great crested grebe, mergansers, oystercatchers, buntings and warblers. It is truly a bird watchers' paradise. More than 70 different species breed around the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake in the summer.

Photo: pied wagtail