Last week I spent five days in the Lake District. On the second day of our trip we went on the hunt for red squirrels. On the way to our first red squirrel destination we visited the popular tourist attraction which was Windermere, here I took some photos of the lovely views.
The first place place we visited looking for red squirrels was a cafe called Squirrel’s Pantary in Cockermouth. Here we sat down and enjoyed some afternoon tea, the cafe featured on BBC Springwatch a few years ago because of it’s rare visitors. Unfortunately though we didn’t see any. Here’s a link to the cafes website – http://www.photographers-resource.co.uk/Wildlife/locations/mammals/LG/Squirrels_Pantry.htm
We didn’t give up there though, we were back on the road and off to a place called Dodds Wood which was recommended to us as a good place to see the reds. Dodds Wood, near Keswich, towers over Bassenthwaite Lake and has unrivaled views from Derwent Water to the South and to the hills of Dumfries and Galloway. Once we’d parked we followed the long trek up to the first Osprey Viewpoint, although it was hard work it was well worth it to see such spectacular views! Ospreys are also seen from the viewpoint as they have a nest along Bassenthwaite Lake and they can also been seen fishing in the lake too but we didn’t see any Osprey. As soon as we arrived at the viewing point though, I saw a Red Squirrel which was very exciting! Altogether we saw two different reds and I even managed to get some photos too! I have seen red squirrels before but this was about five years ago in the Isle of Wright. It was a real treat to see them here though! You can read more about the Ospreys and other wildlife at Dodds Wood here on there website – http://www.ospreywatch.co.uk/wordpress/ Here are some photos that I took.
The views over Windermere.
A road sign near the Squirrel’s pantry cafe, not very often is it that you see road signs like this!