Woodside Country Park is a haven for an abundance of wildlife, from butterflies and damsel flies to herons and the kingfisher. Download our handout and see how many wild animals you can discover.
The site is adjacent to a working sheep farm. Springtime is exciting with the new born lambs jumping around the lush fields. You may also see and/or hear Rosemary the donkey who lives on the farm.
Kids always love pond dipping. Across the site there are numerous ponds, but who knows what aquatic life hides within them? Pond snails, whirligig beetles, pond skaters, frogspawn, tadpoles, water boatmen, duckweed… the list goes on. If you forget your net, don’t panic – Nets are available to buy in reception.
The Woodland Trust have an ideal ‘pond dipping’ guide available.
You can download this guide using the link below.
Wild Water Swimming
The Cider Mill Pool provides for a refreshing dip for those braving wild water swimming. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times!
Rumour has it the Woodside fairies have moved in. See if you can find their secret houses hidden amongst the trees and bushes.
Dragonflies and Damselflies
Look out for dragonflies and damselflies near our ponds where they can be seen hunting in the water. They are often mistaken for one another as they are both large flying insects with similar characteristics. However, if you want to spot them you must be fast as they are very quick, so try not to miss them!
Frogs and Toads
Toads tolerate drier habitats much more than frogs and therefore you will be able to spot them on land rather than in water. You will also find that toads prefer to ‘crawl’ rather than hop unlike their frog friends. Try and spot these amphibians in our ponds or streams!
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Come and join us for a last minute break in one of our lodges before the end of August and take advantage of a £50 discount, but hurry - you must book by midnight on Monday 22nd July 2019 Pets are always welcome and you can bring up to two dogs with you for free....