Meet our special residents!
Simply explore the woodland walks or watch the wildlife in action right from your Outdoor Hot Tub and you will see some of Griffon Forest’s special residents….
Griffon Forest is full of bird life. Sit back and relax quietly on your deck or in your hot tub and you will see many Robins, Coal Tits, Great Tits, Blue Tits, Long Tailed Tits, Tree Creepers, Blackbirds and Woodpeckers exploring the forest trees around you.
Explore around the estate further and look out for a couple of kingfishers, which have been spotted down the entrance drive.
If you would like to see what the birds get up to in the bird boxes then tune into the Wild Watch on your TV and see the live coverage.
Across the estate our guests often spot birds of prey going about their day to day life. Look out for Buzzards, Tawny Owls, Barn Owls and Little Owls.
As an extra treat you may see a pair of Peregrine Falcons, which have recently been spotted.
During your stay at Griffon Forest we hope you have the pleasure of meeting some of our ‘special residents’. The badgers can often be spotted pottering around the lodges on an evening searching for food. Their favourite foods are peanuts, peanut butter or cereal – sprinkle some onto your decking and the badgers will come to visit you! If you prefer to watch the badgers daily activity from the comfort of the sofa, then tune into the Wild Watch channels, where live footage of their daily adventures is streamed back to your TV.
The Badgers live in the Setts in families which are passed down through each generation. They have litters of 1 – 5 cubs that are born around February and come out in April for the first time. They grow to about 90cm.
Grey squirrels are in abundance at Griffon Forest and are a joy to encounter and watch at work. For many of us they are the only wild mammals we regularly see.
They also love to eat peanuts and often try to get in first before the badgers so make sure you put out plenty!
Despite being a very shy wild animal, the Griffon Forest team and guests have often spotted a family of Roe Deer as they use the walks and trails around the estate.
The male is called a Buck and the female is called a Doe. The kids are born between May and June. When they are young the mothers will leave them in long grass whilst they go off to eat to keep them safe and hidden.
Get your walking legs on and head out on the walks particularly at dusk and dawn to have a better chance of seeing them.
An abundance of flowers and wild plants can be found throughout the Sandburn Hall estate. Many of the woodland flowering plants and ferns can be spotted from your lodge decking.
We are fortunate to have a higher level stewardship management agreement with Natural England on of the lowland grassland area of our estate. Where you can see rare grasses of a SSSI quality.
The dense woodland, lakes and open fields around Griffon Forest lodges attract a number of interesting insects.
Depending on the time of year you will be able to spot British butterflies, bees, grasshoppers and frog spawn in the lakes.
Don't just take our word for it... Here's some photos taken in and around the Lodges!
“I can’t explain how clean the place was, how quiet and tranquil with so much wildlife:)
All the mod cons and all the appliances we need.
We took a toddler with us and we had so much to do with him too.
Absolutely perfect hospitality and the customer service is incredible, I dont want to leave…”
Google review, Feb 2023
“Beautiful surroundings, gorgeous, clean and spacious lodges. The staff there are so helpful. I honestly cannot recommend Griffon Forest enough. This was our first stay and we have already booked to return for Christmas.”
Facebook, Jan 2023
“so relaxing and the bird and wildlife was stunning. A variety of birds visited the lodge…as long as the feeder was topped up! 😋 Squirrels galore chomping away at the food too…and the highlight, a nightly visit from the resident Griffon Forest badgers. Can’t wait to return 😁
Google, Nov 2022