Wildlife and Bird Watching

Dovestone Lodge’s lie within an area of the Peak National Park known as Dark Peak which forms a globally important treasure trove of wildlife habitats.

The Beautiful RSPB reserve of Dovestone is a bird watchers paradise where Skylarks, Meadow Pipits, Red Grouse, Curlew, Ring Ouzel, Merlin and Peregrine falcons can be spotted. A walk in these beautiful Moors and Gritstone Crags will find you amongst the flora and fauna of Cotton Grass, Bilberry and Cloudberry, whilst don’t forget to keep an eye out for Wild Red Deer and Mountain Hares.

Curlew, Lesser Redpoll, Golden Plover, Goshawk, Peregrine and Red Grouse are amongst nearly 100 bird species making an appearance either seasonally or throughout the year. The reservoirs also form a home for many waterfowl and in some years Ospreys have been spotted.

Dove Stone has some very special claims in the Funghi department including only the 3rd spotting in the UK of Arrhenia Peltigerina and the only slightly more common Skeletocutis Amorpha.

The winter appearance of snow white Mountain Hares is something to make a special lookout for and is a sight not often seen.

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