Part 7 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 7: Ospreys, goshawks & kites
In part 6 of our series about the Lake District’s missing wildlife, Site Manager Lee Schofield writes about the wildcat, a species that was common in our woods and fells until surprisingly recently. Somewhere between the muddy wild boars and the grumpy looking eagle owls at the Lake District Wildlife Park sits a wood and wire enclosure with a tangle of pine branches inside. If you look long enough, you… Read More »Holes in the map, part 6: Wildcat
In the fifth installment of the series about specices missing from the Lake District, Site Manager Lee Schofield focuses on one of our most elusive native predators, the pine marten. At five o’clock in the morning, I crept downstairs with my early-rising son, hoping not to wake my wife and daughter sleeping above. We snuck into the living room of our holiday cottage on the shore of Loch Linhe, keeping… Read More »Holes in the map, part 5: Pine Marten
The Government has today announced that RSPB Haweswater will receive funds to set-up the largest native tree and wildflower nursery in the Lake District; creating vital new jobs while helping to restore upland habitats.
The fourth 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 4: Water Vole
In the third 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 3: Eagles
RSPB Haweswater Site Manager, Lee Schofield, explores the demise of a species which, until very recently, embodied British farmland. Discover how the return of traditional practices and nature-minded farming could be the key to the return of the Corncrake in Cumbria.
We are very pleased to announce that a project to re-naturalise a 500 metre section of drain in Swindale Valley has been achieved, thanks to another multi-partner effort to restore