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Whinfell Forest Center Parcs

Cumbria

   

20-24 Nov 2023

Observers: F. Simpson, L. Simpson, J. Simpson

 

Introduction


This was a family break to Center Parcs Whinfell Forest in Cumbria. The focus was on relaxation, fresh air and some early Christmas activities for our son. The site is composed mainly of mature, managed Scots Pine woodland (and a small area of mature Beech) with a rich understorey of heather, birch, oak, bracken, holly, blaeberry, bramble, rowan and dog rose with a few lime, sycamore, raspberry, foxglove and larch. The lake area is much less productive than the lakes at Elveden Forest though.

 

Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris)  Fraser Simpson Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris)  Fraser Simpson Stills from remote mobile phone video of a Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) on our lodge balcony, Center Parcs Whinfell Forest, Cumbria

 

 

Scots Pine forest, Center Parcs, Whinfell Forest, Cumbria  Fraser Simpson Scots Pine forest, Center Parcs Whinfell Forest, Cumbria

 

View from the Bird Hide, Center Parcs, Whinfell Forest, Cumbria  Fraser Simpson View from the Bird Hide, Center Parcs Whinfell Forest, Cumbria

 

Mixed forest with understorey of heather, Center Parcs, Whinfell Forest, Cumbria  Fraser Simpson Mixed forest with understorey of heather, Center Parcs Whinfell Forest, Cumbria

 

Early Christmas tree in our lodge, Center Parcs, Whinfell Forest, Cumbria  Fraser Simpson Early Christmas tree in our lodge, Center Parcs Whinfell Forest, Cumbria

  

Center Parcs Trip Reports:  2022 | 2021 | 2020

 

 

 Species List


Train journey Essex to Cumbria (and taxi Penrith-Center Parcs) 20-Nov


Robin (singing 05:23 at station), Magpie, Carrion Crow, Ring-necked Parakeet, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Coot, Mallard, Canada Goose, Teal, Feral Pigeon, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Cormorant, Red Kite, Stock Dove, Jackdaw, Fieldfare, Buzzard, Wood Pigeon, Redwing, Rook, Collared Dove, Moorhen, Grey Heron, Pheasant, Tufted Duck, Mute Swan, Little Egret, Waxwing (single - Wigan North Western Station), Greylag Goose, Kestrel, Meadow Pipit, Raven, Goosander.

 

Pink-footed Goose  Anser brachyrhynchus


c180, over Penrith, 20-Nov.

 

Mallard  Anas platyrhynchos


32, The Lake, Whinfell Forest, 20-Nov.

62, The Lake, Whinfell Forest, 22-Nov.

42, The Lake, Whinfell Forest, 24-Nov.

 

Pheasant  Phasianus colchicus


1, feeding station at security lodge, 20-Nov.

1, 92 Bilberry, Whinfell Forest, 20-Nov.

Heard daily, Whinfell Forest, 20-24 Nov.

1, Bird Hide, Whinfell Forest, 21-Nov.

1, calling from lodge roof, Three Oaks, Whinfell Forest, 22-Nov.

6, Outdoor Activity Centre feeding station, Whinfell Forest, 23-Nov.

3, Outdoor Activity Centre feeding station, Whinfell Forest, 24-Nov.

3, in field beyond archery, Outdoor Activity Centre feeding station, Whinfell Forest, 24-Nov.

 

Sparrowhawk  Accipiter nisus


f, over 94 Beechwood, Whinfell, 20-Nov.

1-cy f, x3 times at Bird Hide, 10:25-12:05, caught a Short-tailed Field Vole, 21-Nov.

f, over car park, Whinfell Forest, 22-Nov.

m, over 94 Beechwood, Whinfell, 24-Nov.

 

Buzzard  Buteo buteo


1, over Outdoor Activity Centre feeding station, Whinfell Forest, 23-Nov.

 

Moorhen  Gallinula chloropus


7, The Lake, Whinfell Forest, 20 Nov.

4, The Lake, Whinfell Forest, 22 Nov.

10, The Lake, Whinfell Forest, 24-Nov.

 

Black-headed Gull  Larus ridibundus


77, The Lake, Whinfell Forest, 20-Nov.

71, The Lake, Whinfell Forest, 22-Nov.

23, The Lake, Whinfell Forest, 24-Nov.

 

Common Gull  Larus canus


4, The Lake, Whinfell Forest, 24-Nov.

 

Herring Gull  Larus argentatus


3, over Aldi car park, Penrith, 20-Nov.

 

Feral Pigeon  Columba livia


Noted in Penrith, 20-Nov.

 

Stock Dove  Columba oenas


6, over Outdoor Activity Centre, 24-Nov.

 

Wood Pigeon  Columba palumbus


2, Bird Hide feeding station, Whinfell Forest, 21-Nov.

2 + 5 over, Bird Hide, Whinfell Forest, 22-Nov.

2, feeding in Holly berries, Whinfell Forest, 22-Nov.

2, over Outdoor Activity Centre feeding station, Whinfell Forest, 23-Nov.

 

Collared Dove  Streptopelia decaocto


Noted in Penrith, 20-Nov.

 

Tawny Owl  Strix aluco


m, calling, Beechwood, Whinfell Forest, 20-Nov.

f, calling 16:26 at security lodge, later flew over road, 24-Nov

 

Great Spotted Woodpecker  Dendrocopus major


1, calling, Moorland View, 20-Nov.

 

Tree Sparrow  Passer montanus


6+, Outdoor Activity Centre feeding station, Whinfell Forest, 23-Nov.

12, Outdoor Activity Centre feeding station, Whinfell Forest, 24-Nov.

 

Dunnock  Prunella modularis


1, feeding station at security lodge, 20-Nov.

1, blowling green at Sports Plaza, 24-Nov.

1, Outdoor Activity Centre feeding station, Whinfell Forest, 24-Nov.

1, The Lake, Whinfell Forest, 24-Nov.

 

Grey Wagtail  Motacilla cinerea


1, Penrith Station, 20-Nov.

 

Pied Wagtail  Motacilla alba


1-2, daily on roof of village centre/swimming pool, 20-24 Nov.

2, car park, Whinfell Forest, 22-Nov.

 

Meadow Pipit  Anthus pratensis


2, over fields to west of target archery, Outdoor Activity Centre, Whinfell Forest, 24-Nov.

 

Wren  Troglodytes troglodytes


Heard regulary throughout Whinfell Forest, 20-24 Nov.

2, Bird Hide feeding station, Whinfell Forest, 21-Nov.

1 calling, Bird Hide, Whinfell Forest, 22-Nov.

1, Outdoor Activity Centre feeding station, Whinfell Forest, 24-Nov.

 

Robin  Erithacus rubecula


Heard regulary throughout Whinfell Forest, 20-24 Nov.

1, Bird Hide feeding station, Whinfell Forest, 21-Nov.

1, Outdoor Activity Centre feeding station, Whinfell Forest, 23-Nov.

3, The Lake, Whinfell Forest, 24-Nov.

4, Outdoor Activity Centre area, Whinfell Forest, 24-Nov.

 

Blackbird  Turdus merula


1, feeding station at security lodge, 20-Nov.

1, Bird Hide feeding station, Whinfell Forest, 21-Nov.

1, car park, Whinfell Forest, 22-Nov.

1, Outdoor Activity Centre feeding station, Whinfell Forest, 24-Nov.

 

Song Thrush  Turdus philomelus


1, Bilberry Wood, Whinfell Forest, 21-Nov.

 

Mistle Thrush  Turdus viscivorus


pr, over 94 Beechwood, 20-Nov.

 

Goldcrest  Regulus regulus


Heard regulary throughout Whinfell Forest, 20-24 Nov.

1, feeding in small Phragmites patch, The Lake, Whinfell Forest, 24-Nov.

2, Outdoor Activity Centre feeding station, Whinfell Forest, 24-Nov.

 

Long-tailed Tit  Aegithalos caudatus


5, Aldi car park, Penrith, 20-Nov.

Heard, Bird Hide feeding station, Whinfell Forest, 21-Nov.

14+, Outdoor Activity Centre feeding station, Whinfell Forest, 23-Nov.

9, Outdoor Activity Centre feeding station, Whinfell Forest, 24-Nov.

 

Blue Tit  Cyanistes caeruleus


1, Aldi car park, Penrith, 20-Nov.

1, feeding station at security lodge, 20-Nov.

1, Bird Hide feeding station, Whinfell Forest, 21-Nov.

2, Bird Hide feeding station, Whinfell Forest, 22-Nov.

4, Outdoor Activity Centre feeding station, Whinfell Forest, 23-Nov.

4, Outdoor Activity Centre feeding station, Whinfell Forest, 24-Nov.

 

Great Tit  Parus major


2, feeding station at security lodge, 20-Nov.

1, Bird Hide feeding station, Whinfell Forest, 21-Nov.

3, Outdoor Activity Centre feeding station, Whinfell Forest, 23-Nov.

5, Outdoor Activity Centre feeding station, Whinfell Forest, 24-Nov.

 

Coal Tit  Periparus ater


4+, feeding station at security lodge, 20-Nov.

7 (peak), Bird Hide feeding station, Whinfell Forest, 21-Nov.

1 heard, Bird Hide, Whinfell Forest, 22-Nov.

6, Outdoor Activity Centre feeding station, Whinfell Forest, 23-Nov.

8, Outdoor Activity Centre feeding station, Whinfell Forest, 24-Nov.

 

Skylark  Alauda arvensis


3-4, passing high overhead calling, Bilberry Wood, 21-Nov.

 

Treecreeper  Certhia familiaris


2-3, outside the Sports Plaza, 20-Nov.

1, Moorland View, 20-Nov.

 

Jay  Garrulus glandarius


1, Bird Hide feeding station, Whinfell Forest, 21-Nov.

2-3 calling, Outdoor Activity Centre feeding station, Whinfell Forest, 24-Nov.

 

Jackdaw  Corvus monedula


2, over Outdoor Activity Centre feeding station, Whinfell Forest, 24-Nov.

 

Rook  Corvus frugilegus


6, over Aldi car park, Penrith, 20-Nov.

 

Carrion Crow  Corvus corone


2, Bird Hide feeding station, Whinfell Forest, 21-Nov.

9+, Beechwood, Whinfell Forest, 22-Nov.

7, over Outdoor Activity Centre, Whinfell Forest, 24-Nov.

 

Raven  Corvus corax


1, over Outdoor Activity Centre feeding station, Whinfell Forest, 23-Nov.

pr, over Outdoor Activity Centre, Whinfell Forest, 24-Nov.

 

Chaffinch  Fringilla coelebs


2, feeding station at security lodge, 20-Nov.

1, Bird Hide feeding station, Whinfell Forest, 21-Nov.

1, Bird Hide feeding station, Whinfell Forest, 22-Nov.

40+, Outdoor Activity Centre feeding station, Whinfell Forest, 23-Nov.

c25, Outdoor Activity Centre feeding station, Whinfell Forest, 24-Nov.

 

Brambling  Fringilla montifringulla


f, Outdoor Activity Centre feeding station, Whinfell Forest, 23-Nov.

2, Outdoor Activity Centre feeding station, Whinfell Forest, 24-Nov.

 

Goldfinch  Carduelis carduelis


4, Aldi car park, Penrith, 20-Nov.

2, over Nature Discovery Centre, Whinfell Forest, 23-Nov.

4, Outdoor Activity Centre feeding station, Whinfell Forest, 23-Nov.

1, Outdoor Activity Centre, Whinfell Forest, 24-Nov.

 

Siskin  Carduelis spinus


c20, over 94 Beechwood, 20-Nov.

2, over Moorland View, 20-Nov.

2 calling, Bird Hide feeding station, Whinfell Forest, 21-Nov.

4, over The Lake, Whinfell Forest, 24-Nov.

 

Lesser Redpoll  Carduelis cabaret


3, over Bird Hide, Whinfell Forest, 22-Nov.

 

Crossbill  Loxia curvirostra


4, over Moorland View, 20-Nov.

Regularly heard passing over Bird Hide feeding station, Whinfell Forest, 21-Nov.

2, over Badger Wood, Whinfell Forest, 23-Nov.

3, over Outdoor Activity Centre feeding station, Whinfell Forest, 24-Nov.

2, over The Lake, Whinfell Forest, 24-Nov.

14, over The Lake, Whinfell Forest, 24-Nov.

 

Bullfinch  Pyrrhula pyrrhula


3 mm/1 f, Outdoor Activity Centre feeding station, Whinfell Forest, 23-Nov.

2 mm/1 f, Outdoor Activity Centre, Whinfell Forest, 24-Nov.

 

Greenfinch  Chloris chloris


2, over car park, Whinfell Forest, 22-Nov.

9, Outdoor Activity Centre feeding station, Whinfell Forest, 23-Nov.

5, Outdoor Activity Centre feeding station, Whinfell Forest, 24-Nov.

 

Yellowhammer  Emberiza citrinella


2 mm, Outdoor Activity Centre feeding station, Whinfell Forest, 24-Nov.

 

 

Moths


I didn't take the 20W Actinic Heath moth trap this time however moths were noted on pathside lampposts by day and night.

 

Spruce Carpet  Thera britannica  70.079


1, on pathside lamppost, Beechwood, Whinfell Forest, 22-Nov.

 

Spruce Carpet (Thera britannica)  Fraser Simpson

Spruce Carpet (Thera britannica), from a previous trip, Whinfell Forest, Cumbria, England, 10 November 2021

 

Winter Moth  Operophtera brumata  70.106


A few noted daily, Beechwood, Whinfell Forest, 21-23-Nov.

 

Winter Moth (Operophtera brumata)  Fraser Simpson

Winter Moth (Operophtera brumata), Whinfell Forest, Cumbria, England, 21 November 2023

 

November Moth agg.  Epirrita sp.


3, resting by day on security lights, Bilberry Wood, Whinfell Forest, 21-Nov.

 

November Moth agg (Epirrita sp.)  Fraser Simpson

November Moth agg. (Epirrita sp.), from a previous trip, Whinfell Forest, Cumbria, England, 10 November 2021

 

Mottled Umber  Erannis defoliaria    70.256


1, on pathside lamppost at night, Bilberry Wood, Whinfell Forest, 23-Nov.

 

Mottled Umber (Erannis defoliaria)  Fraser Simpson

mobile phone image of Mottled Umber (Erannis defoliaria), Whinfell Forest, Cumbria, England, 23 November 2023

 

 

Lodge in the Beechwood zone, Center Parcs Whinfell Forest, Cumbria   Fraser Simpson

Lodge in the Beechwood zone, Whinfell Forest, Cumbria

 

View from our lodge, Whinfell Forest  Fraser Simpson

Red Squirrel, Whinfell Forest, Cumbria

 

Scots Pine canopy, Whinfell Forest  Fraser Simpson

Scots Pine canopy, Whinfell Forest, Cumbria

 

Beech woodland, Whinfell Forest, Cumbria  Fraser Simpson

Beech woodland, Whinfell Forest, Cumbria

 

The forest was rich in (unpicked) fungi, Whinfell Forest, Cumbria  Fraser Simpson

The forest was rich in (unpicked) fungi, Whinfell Forest, Cumbria

 

Center Parcs, Whinfell Forest  Fraser Simpson

 

Center Parcs, Whinfell Forest  Fraser Simpson

 

Center Parcs Whinfell Forest  Fraser Simpson

 

Center Parcs, Whinfell Forest  Fraser Simpson

 

 Oak leaf detail, Whinfell Forest  Fraser Simpson

 

 

Eurasian Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) filmed with a mobile phone left remotely.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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