South Walney would make an interesting contrast to the Lakes but it can be a bit hit-or-miss depending on weather and tides. It can range from spectacular numbers of wildfowl and waders, to just a few birds desperately trying to hide in the furthest corners of the lagoons from the wind. It is very exposed. It can be good for Grey Seals at high tide. It is a long way from Derwentwater though and the roads in south west Cumbria don't hurry themselves in getting anywhere. (I believe the A592 from Bowness to Newby Bridge will be closed for roadworks). A scope is very useful.
Hodbarrow is a nice spot and can be good for wildfowl, with waders on the surrounding mudflats.
At Leighton Moss, the woods just at the back of the visitor centre can be very good because of the proximity of the bird feeders with mixed flocks of tits and finches. There are usually a few Goldcrests and it is an excellent spot to see Treecreepers.
Last edited by andreadawn : Wednesday 3rd January 2018 at 13:34.