BBC Wildlife environment editor James Fair recently went to the Lake District on a mission to see his very own ‘Big Five’ – red squirrel, red deer, otter, osprey and golden eagle – with a little help from local experts. Here are three videos from his trip:
First, he meets John Hooson from the National Trust, who explains how to spot otters in Derwentwater.
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He then chats to Nathan Fox, from the Lake District Osprey Project at Dodd Wood, Bassenthwaite, and learns how these birds are now breeding in the area, with 27 chicks produced to date.
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Finally, he heads to Haweswater with RSPB warden Spike Webb, discovering how and where to spy the only golden eagle in England.
Read more about James’s trip to the Lake District in the September 2014 issue of BBC Wildlife Magazine.