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A natural haven of birds,
animals and plants,
right on your doorstep!

Explore the woodland walks or wildlife watch whilst relaxing in your Outdoor Hot Tub. If you’re lucky you may even see Griffon Forest’s special residents…. badgers!

Bird watch from Your hot tub!

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.

Watch out for Birds of Prey

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.


Badgers have made griffon forest their home!

During your stay at Griffon Forest we hope you have the pleasure of meeting some of our ‘special residents’. 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.

Click Here to watch footage of a badger visiting one of the lodges!

Keep an eye on Griffon Forest's cheeky squirrels

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!

Look out for our Roe deer!

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.  Download a copy of our walks map HERE



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.

Check out our wildlife gallery

Don't just take our word for it... Here's some photos taken in and around the Lodges!