Cuckoo Trail Winter Wildlife Spotter

Seasonal spotter guide on the Cuckoo Trail.

There are lots of plants and animals to spot on the Cuckoo Trail throughout the year.

See how many you can find in Winter!


Chirpy, cheeky and almost fearless of humans. They are territorial (protective of the area that they live in) and easy to spot due to their red breast.


Bird nests

As the leaves have now fallen from the trees, bird and squirrel nests (dreys) may be spotted on bare tree branches or in the crook of a tree.

Bird nest


A distant relative of the wolf with a rich redbrown coat. They are mainly carnivores (eat other animals) and hunt by stalking and pouncing on their prey. They have excellent hearing and can run up to 30 miles per hour.


Tawny owl

Like to nest in holes in trees. Not often seen during the day so extra points if you spot (or hear) one, especially as they blend in well with the trees. Both the male and female make the characteristic “hoo hoo-hoo hoo” noise and fly silently.

Tawny owl

Grey squirrel

Originally from North America and considered a pest by some. They can be very active, jumping along branches from tree to tree using their bushy grey tails to help them balance. They can also be seen on the ground, often burying nuts.


They have stems and leaves but not roots and grow together in clumps or mats in damp areas. They are often bright green in colour and fuzzy. They are only tiny but absorb a lot of water, like a sponge.


Holly berries

A valuable food source for birds and a symbol of Christmas. Only the female tree produces bright red berries. Watch out for the spiny leaves which help protect the tree from being eaten.

holly berries

Contact WDC’s Wellbeing team for a copy of the Cuckoo trail wildlife spotter guide.