Holgates Fauna and Flora in Autumn

Having a relaxed holiday at Holgates throughout the year is possible through hikes, homemade meals, and sitting back with a good book.


Our parks are stunning areas of natural beauty, with a wide variety of both animal and plant species that you can see and enjoy. From birds to butterflies and dragonflies, there are many species you can spot, often surrounding the wildflowers in the area.

Red Squirrels

Only found in woodland areas in the UK, red squirrels are native species that have been around since the Ice Age. These timid creatures are very rare to spot, a fact that Westmorland Red Squirrels is trying to change. Here at Holgates, we have pledged £5,000 to help fund the project of reintroducing them into the wild. It is estimated that only 140,000 red squirrels exist in Britain and we are always focused on conservation and expansion efforts, which can be seen through all of our Holgates parks being awarded the David Bellamy Gold Conservation Award.


Crossbills are regular autumn visitors, recognisable for their high-pitched call with a ‘bree-bree’ sound and a ‘chuck chuck chuck’ noise. They land on the higher branches, the males’ feathers various shades of red and the females’ brown and green. These birds’ bill is crossed at the tip, as it has adapted to finding seeds from pine cones. Crossbills are often seen in large flocks or family groups, skimming treetops for pine cones.


Fly Agaric Fungi

There is a wide variety of fungi in the Lake District, one of which is the Fly Agaric. Famous for its red cap and white spots, this fungus often appears in fairy tales. You can see these fungi as you stroll through the Lake District, so take advantage of your stay at one of our parks and explore the gorgeous surroundings!


Red Deer

One of the largest species of deer in the world, red deer can be distinctly seen due to its beautiful, red coat. Of the similar species, only sambar deer, moose, and elk are bigger than the red deer, with males ranging between 1.75m and 2.5m long (or 5’7” to 8’2”) and capable of weighing 250kg (or 551 pounds). These strong and stunning creatures shed their antlers during winter and regrow them during spring at a rate of 2.5cm or an inch per day.


Yellow Birch

With a shiny-golden bark, yellow birch can be found in moist and cool areas around Holgates. The species has an inherent wintergreen fragrance, which you can experience through its leaves or a scratched young twig. Colonial shipbuilders utilised it often as the wood is rot resistance below the waterline. Presently, yellow birch is a common birchwood used for interior trimming, furniture, and cabinet-making.

Autumn in Holgates is a beautiful season, with multi-coloured flora and stunning animals that you can see and snap photos of during relaxing walks. If you’re thinking about staying with us and see these plants and animals plus many more, why not get in touch to know more? Simply give our friendly team a call on 01524 701508 and we’ll be happy to help!