Cuckoo Trail Summer Wildlife Spotter

Seasonal spotter guide on the Cuckoo Trail.

There are lots of plants and animals to spot on the Cuckoo Trail throughout the year.

See how many you can find in Summer!

Peacock butterfly

One of the largest butterflies in the country. It is mainly red in colour but has beautiful purple eye-spots when its wings are open.

peacock butterfly

Ox-eye daisy

This looks like a giant lawn daisy. The flowers are so bright that they appear to ‘glow’ in the evening. This daisy is a “hotspot” for bees, hoverflies and butterflies as it produces lots of nectar for them to feed on.

ox eye daisy


They have sharp teeth, are fierce hunters and have been on earth for 300 million years! They have 360o vision and can fly at speeds of up to 20 miles per hour. They come in a variety of colours, shapes and sizes.


Elderflower Blossom

Large clusters of creamywhite flowers can cover this shrub. They can be used to make cordial and champagne. The wood from elder is prized to make some musical instruments.

elderflower blossom

6 spot burnet moth

A striking, glossy black moth with six red spots on each forewing. It flies during the day with a slow, fluttering pattern.

six spot burnet moth


These birds make an incredible journey to the UK from Africa every year and can fly in a loop-the-loop motion. They drink and eat insects on the wing and can fly up to 200 miles per day when migrating.



A reptile with mainly brownish-grey dry, scaly skin between 10 and 15cm in length. Lizards are coldblooded so look for them on warm days basking in sunny spots. They are also excellent climbers.


Contact WDC’s Wellbeing team for a copy of the Cuckoo trail wildlife spotter guide.