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Holes in the map, part 8: Ospreys, goshawks & kites

Part 8 of our series about the Lake District’s missing wildlife, written by Haweswater Site Manager Lee Schofield, strikes a cheerier tone and focuses on three avian conservation success stories. Back in the summer I took a walk with my kids to the summit of Dodd. Soaking up the views over Bassenthwaite, we spotted a big black and white bird flying on angled wings over the water below. At first,… Read More »Holes in the map, part 8: Ospreys, goshawks & kites

Holes in the map, part 5: Water Vole

The fifth part of the series focusing on species missing from the Lake District, Site Manager Lee Schofield looks for water voles. For aeons, The Lake District and its abundance of lakes, becks, tarns, ditches, bogs and ponds was heaven for water voles, one of the UK’s most endearing small mammals. Made famous by the affable and breezy character of Ratty in The Wind in the Willows, water vole’s relationship… Read More »Holes in the map, part 5: Water Vole

Holes in the map, part 4: Eagles

In the fourth part of the series exploring the species that have disappeared from Cumbria’s landscape, Haweswater Site Manager Lee Schofield traces the rise and fall of our two native eagles, both of which have a special place in the wild history of Haweswater For most of the last five decades, Haweswater was the only place in England where golden eagles resided. They returned in 1969 thanks to a healthy… Read More »Holes in the map, part 4: Eagles

Holes in the map, part 2: Black Grouse

RSPB Haweswater Site Manager, Lee Schofield, reflects on a species that recently vanished from the Lake District and what maps can tell us about the history of wildlife in Cumbria. For my 40th birthday, not too long ago, my wife gave me a framed print of the 1:25,000 Ordnance Survey map of the area surrounding our home on the edge of the Lake District National Park. I love maps at… Read More »Holes in the map, part 2: Black Grouse