Lancashire Times
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3:30 PM 25th May 2022

Unusual Animals To Spot Whilst Exploring Lancashire

Research from holiday home operator, Park Leisure, has revealed some of Lancashire’s most surprising wildlife that can be seen by locals and visitors.

Along with its stunning scenery, Lancashire is also extremely diverse when it comes to ecology, with many animals calling the Lancashire landscape home.

From Dormice to Snakes, there’s plenty to see for those wanting to get out and about over the warmer months.

Three unexpected animals to spot in Lancashire:

Dormice: Usually found in woodlands and overgrown hedgerows, these tiny nocturnal animals were on the brink of extinction until recent years. Identifiable by their big black eyes, soft caramel-coloured fur and bushy tails, there are known populations of dormice in Lancashire so keep your eyes on the ground and you might just spot one.

Wallabies - Image by sandid from Pixabay
Wallabies - Image by sandid from Pixabay
Typically found in Australia and New Zealand, surprisingly you can spot these curious but cute smaller mammals in and around the Peak District. The Roaches which is an area in the peaks where you are most likely to spot a wallaby has been inhabited by them for over 70 years with no explanation as to how or why they are there.

Exotic Parakeets are now being spotted more and more around Lancashire, especially in East Lancashire, in areas such as Burnley and Barrowfield. Many of the residents in the area thoroughly enjoy spotting the brightly coloured birds, and even will spot them on their bird feeders on a regular basis.

Parakeets - Image by Bishnu Sarangi from Pixabay
Parakeets - Image by Bishnu Sarangi from Pixabay
For those planning on looking out for wildlife over the warmer seasons, experts at The Wildlife Trust spoke to Park Leisure, offering advice on things to keep in mind.

James Byrne, landscapes recovery programme manager for The Wildlife Trusts, says:
“We’re very fortunate to have some incredible wildlife right on our doorstep. We want people to experience the majesty of nature but also to take care and be responsible. That means leaving no trace, sticking to footpaths, keeping dogs on leads, and ensuring your visit causes minimal disruption to wild habitats and the species that call them home. There’s nothing better than seeing wildlife up close, though it’s important to be sensitive and ensure you presence isn’t causing undue stress.”

Lisa Williams, Director of Marketing and Holiday Sales, at Park Leisure, said:
“The scenery and local wildlife within Lancashire has so much to offer in terms of natural beauty and we want to be advocates for people getting outdoors and enjoying the warmer weather we’ll be having this year”.

“Our parks are located close to many of these wildlife-rich locations, and we encourage our visitors to make the most of this with our own wildlife trails. Connecting with nature on holiday can be a great way to relax and make the most of your time away.”

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