With a wide range of habitats from sub alpine to lakeshore, from grassland to forest the valley provides a home to over 100 bird species.
Where to see
The best time to see the most bird life is from Spring to early Summer when migrants start arriving to breed. On and around Ennerdale Water: goosander, mallard, greylag goose, grey heron, common sandpiper and great crested grebe. See below for a snapshot of some of the species your may see.
In the conifer forest: siskin, goldcrest, coal tit, buzzard, sparrowhawk, song thrush, robin, chaffinch, willow warbler, chiffchaff and wren.
In the native oak woodlands: pied flycatcher, spotted flycatcher, redstart, wood warbler, tree pipit, green woodpecker, great spotted woodpecker and nuthatch.
On the mountains: ring ouzel, whinchat, wheatear, raven, stonechat, meadow pipit and skylark.
Around the farmland: swallow, house sparrow, chaffinch, linnet, greenfinch, redpoll, goldfinch, reed bunting, barn owl, buzzard, carrion crow, magpie, pheasant, blackbird, blue tit and great tit.
We are creating opportunities for birds by reducing the dominance of conifers and restoring native woodland, heath land and bog habitats. Allowing nature to blur the boundaries between habitats by introducing extensive cattle grazing should also help provide and create more diverse habitats.
We have carried out extensive base line monitoring of birds which can be found on our monitoring page