A Wildlife Guide to Arnside and Silverdale

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The Arnside and Silverdale area of natural beauty is a fantastic place to visit if you want to spot wildlife, as it is home to a number of carefully preserved spots that allow the flora and fauna of the local area to thrive.

If you’re planning on visiting us here at Holgates, you’ll be perfectly positioned to spend some time exploring the local area and spotting some of the wonderful wildlife that calls the area home.

We thought we’d give you a heads up on some of the best places in the area to visit, and the different types of flora and fauna you can expect to find.


RSPB Leighton Moss

RSPB Leighton Moss has the largest reedbed in the North West of England, as well as woodland and limestone grassland. It also includes the shores of Morecambe Bay, with mudflats and saltwater lagoons, as well as coastal marsh.

These habitats provide a home and breeding ground for many different kinds of birds, including bearded tits, marsh harriers, reed warblers and bitterns, to name a few.

You’ll find wading birds along the coast such as avocet, oystercatcher, redshank, curlew and dunlin, and the wildlife ponds are home to dragonflies, damselflies, toads and frogs, newts, and plenty of fish, including pike, eel and perch.

In some of the deeper meres you may be lucky enough to spot otters in the summer, and the autumn is the perfect time to spot rutting red deer.

One of the most spectacular sights at Leighton Moss is the starling murmurations that take place throughout the winters, a sight not to be missed as they swirl above the reedbeds before going to roost.


Arnside Knott

Arnside Knott is a wonderful place to enjoy nature, get some exercise, and spot wildlife. The views from the Knott are spectacular and well worth the climb to the summit, with the Lakeland Fells and Yorkshire Dales visible as well as views over Morecambe Bay.

The Knott is covered in Limestone grassland and woodlands that are of national importance for insects such as butterflies and wood ants, and a covering of beautiful wildflowers.

Arnside Knott is one of the best places in Britain for spotting butterflies, and is home to Britain’s most endangered butterfly, the rare high brown fritillary butterfly. You are most likely to catch a glimpse of them from June to August.

Keep an eye out for pearl bordered fritillary, small pearl bordered fritillary, and northern brown argus butterflies too! In the summertime, the sight of butterflies resting on wildflowers is absolutely stunning.


On the beach

Arnside and Silverdale both have their own stretches of beach, and both are well worth heading to for a stroll.

At Silverdale, you can enjoy a walk along the coastline, beachcombing and exploring the caves that disappear into the depths of the limestone cliffs.

Head up onto the cliffs of Jack Scout, which is a common breeding ground for song-birds, and a spot where weary migrating birds stop to feed on their journeys.

At sunset Jack Scout is a particularly spectacular place to be, surrounded by calling birds such as oystercatchers, curlews, warblers and blackbirds, listening to the sounds of the waves lapping the shore below.

Keep an eye on the tidal times and you might catch the Arnside bore, a tidal wave that is only seen in a few parts of the world. It takes the form of a wave that surges up the river Kent as the ride forces its way into the narrow channel, and can be viewed from Arnside promenade or Jack Scout.


We hope this has given you some inspiration to head out into the beautiful area of Arnside and Silverdale to do spot of wildlife watching yourself, whether you’re a keen bird enthusiast or simply love the great outdoors.

Be sure to get in touch with us here at Holgates if you are looking for accommodation, as our caravan park in Silverdale offers the perfect base for discovering the local area.

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