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Wonderful wilderness blessed with wildlife


Wildlife at Walltown by Deve Photography.

Youngsters meet one of the lake inhabitants at Walltown Country Park. Photo by Deve Photography.

Wild at heart? As the least populated of the UK’s National Parks, nature has space to breathe here.

Keep your eyes open bird watching out and about and at our plentiful nature reserves. You might be lucky enough to see some rare wildlife, like the black grouse and otter.

Check out the Park’s Wildlife Calendar.

Our unique countryside includes enchanting hay meadows, wild moorland, unique peat bogs and beguiling ancient woodlands.

The landscape and rivers carve a place in geology and visitors’ hearts alike. Don’t forget your binoculars or camera.

Sounds of Northumberland National Park

Greenlee Lough – breeze rising

Holystone Woods at dawn

Greenhaugh hay meadow under summer sun

The sounds you can hear on this page were recorded and edited by Geoff Sample ( Geoff, who lives in Northumberland, has been recording wildlife sounds for 22 years and specialises in bird song. He is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s ‘Tweet of the Day’.

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Planning in the National Park

Northumberland National Park Authority is the statutory Planning Authority for the area of the Northumberland National Park. View our planning pages here.