For those who like bird watching we have numerous opportunities at Hawthorns for you to spot birds in their natural habitat. We are lucky enough to enjoy blue tits, great tits, long-tailed tits, robins, blackbirds, sparrows, dunnocks, wrens, goldfinches, chaffinches, wrens and woodpeckers at the park.

We have recently been blessed with a family of bullfinches being reared at Hawthorns. We also have a family of mallard ducks living on the park, and have had great pleasure watching their young grow from small ducklings to fully-grown adults, this is the 3rd time we have had a successful clutch of ducklings.

For the serious birdwatcher we have Leighton Moss Bird Reserve on our doorstep.

Leighton Moss is the largest reedbed in north-west England, and home to some really special birds such as breeding bitterns, bearded tits and marsh harriers.  Even if you’re just an enthusiast or new to the hobby, the Leighton Moss team have plenty of experts who can lead you on guided walks as well as answer your questions and lend helpful advice. This is a great day out if you’re a budding bird watcher, expert ornithologist or just looking for an interesting walk among some local wildlife.

Leighton Moss is a bird watchers’ paradise with three hides available for twitchers. You may even spot a bittern, one of our shyest birds, or in Autumn, thousands of starlings on their migration route.

There are also several other nature reserves with 15 minutes drive including Gait Barrows, Trowbarrow Quarry and Warton Crag, all fantastic and definitely worth a visit.

Some of the bird life you can see around Hawthorns Park