The Northumberland Coast is a haven for wildlife and if you’re staying at South Meadows, you don’t have to go very far to spot some of the UK’s rarer creatures.
Our three acres of well-established woodlands provide the perfect habitat for the red squirrel. Watch out for a glimpse of russet tail as you wander through the woods, which are currently carpeted with bluebells. Northumberland is one of the few strongholds in the country for the native red squirrel, which is being driven out by its larger grey cousin.
We’re proud that the habitat at South Meadows is playing a part in the survival of this beautiful creature for future generations and we always love to hear from our guests when they spot one in the woodland.
Many people have never seen a red squirrel in person before and treasure their encounters when this shy little mammal puts in an appearance.
The burn running beside the park is also home to another creature that isn’t often spotted in the wild – the otter. After once being hunted to the verge of extinction, otters are now making a comeback across the UK. Because they’re such secretive creatures, seeing them in the wild is a real thrill.
It’s also a great time of year to see deer and hares in the fields around South Meadows.
For a guaranteed wildlife fix, nothing beats a trip to the Farne Islands. You can take a boat trip from Seahouses, where you can see grey seals, colourful puffins and a huge array of birdlife.
Or head inland to see the Chillingham Wild Cattle around Chillingham Castle. Numbering only around 100, these white beasts are rarer than the giant panda, and are the sole survivors of the wild cattle herds that once roamed Britain’s forests.
Northumberland is an amazing location for enjoying some of the experiences you just won’t get elsewhere. Seeing rare animals in their natural habitats is something that will make your trip to South Meadows a holiday the kids are guaranteed to remember for a long time to come.