Bird Watching in Wiltshire
Anyone who has an interest in nature, and in particular, birdwatching will enjoy a visit to Wiltshire. With almost half our county designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty including the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs, The Cotswolds and the North Wessex Downs there are lots of places within Wiltshire that are havens for wildlife including:
Langford Lakes Nature Reserve
Managed by the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, Langford Lakes Nature Reserve is home to three lakes, meadows and the River Wylye. There are several bird hides and visitors can often see Canada Geese, Grebes and even Kingfishers.
The Cotswold Water Park
Over 150 lakes form the Cotswold Water Park and several of these are home to various species of bird from the rare Smew to Herons, Egrets and other water birds. Look out for nature talks and walks taking place at the Park throughout the year or find out more about the reserves at the Gateway Centre.
Its remote location and lack of development (due to the military training activities) have led to Salisbury Plain becoming a wildlife haven. Take a tour with Salisbury Plain Safaris and spot some of the Plain’s unique flora and fauna. Keep an eye out for owls at dusk and dawn and other species including Buzzards and Stonechat.
The Great Bustard, the world’s biggest flying bird, can also be found on Salisbury Plain due to the Great Bustard Group’s successful reintroduction programme.
Wildlife reserves across the county
Wiltshire Wildlife Trust have over thirty reserves across the county including meadows, downs and woods, each offering a variety of different species of flora and fauna.
The Royal Society Protection of Birds manages the Winterbourne Downs, an area of rich chalk grassland home to Stone-Curlews, Skylark and Lapwings.
There are also several National Nature Reserves in Wiltshire including Cricklade’s North Meadow, famed for its Snakeshead Frittilaries; Fyfield Down near Marlborough with its orchids and other wildflowers and the Pewsey Downs, home to a variety of butterflies.
Take a wildlife tour
Take a guided tour of the unique flora and fauna that’s on offer in the area with Salisbury Plain Safaris or look out for wildlife events being run by Wiltshire Wildlife Trust.
Stay close to nature
With so many hidden gems to explore why not make a break of it and stay close to nature here in Wiltshire? We’ve a large range of places to stay from log cabins set in woods through to luxurious accommodation with riverside views and shepherd’s huts.