The Cheviot Hills, Northumberland National Park\n© Simon Fraser

Wildlife and Habitats

Cotton Grass © Laurie CampbellCotton Grass  Curlew © Laurie CampbellCurlew  Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary © Shaun HackettFritillary

What comes to mind when you think of the Northumberland National Park?  Is it the haunting cry of the curlew floating across the hills, a sparkling upland burn, or the purple haze of a heather moorland in full bloom? All these are part of the National Park's biodiversity (or variety of life) and make it a fantastic place to relax, watch wildlife, or just soak up the sights and sounds on a walk. Read on to explore the wonderful places, plants and animals you can see and hear when visiting, and find out what the National Park Authority, local people and partners are doing to make sure it stays this way for generations.

Natural Environment Vision 2014Many habitats in the National Park are important in international or national terms. Click on the links to the left to find out more about them, the creatures that live there, and where to visit.

There are many species which have adapted to specific habitats. Some are relatively common in Northumberland but are rare in the rest of the UK and Europe. Habitat conservation and re-creation are key to keeping species in their rightful habitat.

Click the front cover left to see our new Natural Environment Vision 2014 - 2035.

Want to know more?  Download our Biodiversity Action Plan (1,349kb).

You can also download our Wild and Wonderful leaflet (746kb) and find out about the amazing range of places in the National Park, and the animals and plants that live here.

To see the annual State of the National Park report, click here.

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