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Site Manager’s Journal: Restoring Swindale Beck

RSPB Haweswater Site Manager, Lee Schofield, shares insights into the nature and farming gains of the Swindale Beck restoration project; from a historically straightened channel to a new curving course brimming with life.

Species Highlight: Northern Wheatear

A member of the Chat family, the Wheatear is one of Haweswater’s most striking summer visitors, returning first from an incredible migration-by-night across Africa, to our rocky fells in readiness for the breeding season.

Welcoming spring together

Today marks the First Day of Spring, and amongst the uncertainty presented in ‘our’ world right now, the natural world – that which we remain a part of – is preparing to once again embark upon the most incredible celebration of emergence, rebirth and colour.

Holes in the map, part 1: Beavers

In the first installment of a new series about species missing from the Lake District, Site Manager Lee Schofield introduces us to the Eurasian Beaver As a nation surrounded by the sea, there is no scope for some of our missing species to return to Britain under their own steam, no matter how attractive we manage to make our countryside. The Eurasian beaver, hunted to extinction in the UK about… Read More »Holes in the map, part 1: Beavers

Species Highlight: The Alder

Haweswater Residential Volunteer, Sam Mould, takes us through her investigation into the ecology, folklore and historic use of this little celebrated tree.

Woodland: A Nature-Based Solution to Climate Change

As part of National Tree Week (23 November – 1 December), this blog by RSPB volunteer and nature writer, Nic Wilson, explores the critical importance of woodland creation and conservation as a key nature-based solution to climate change. Haweswater Site Manager Lee Schofield contributes.

From Saltholme to Haweswater… and back again

Last week, Visitor Experience Intern Laura Pringle travelled from RSPB Saltholme in industrial Teesside to our rural Haweswater base, on a trip to explore the distinctions between our two sites. Here she shares her mini-adventure with us…

Species Highlight: Red Squirrel

Our Residential Volunteer Sam Mould has been finding out about one of the Lake District’s most infamous and beautiful inhabitants; the Red Squirrel. Here she shares her findings… The red squirrel Sciurus vulgaris is the only native squirrel in the British Isles. Red squirrel preference is for mixed or broadleaf woodlands that give a wider diversity of species, meaning an increase in the availability of food. Unfortunately, largely due to… Read More »Species Highlight: Red Squirrel

Volunteer Voices: Tamsin

Join Tamsin as she reminisces of her adventures with bracken, badgers, banana bread and so much more, whilst on her residential volunteer placement at RSPB Haweswater. A few weeks ago I boarded a train at Euston headed for Penrith, the North Lakes. I was excited and looking forward to a week outdoors, away from the constraints of the desk and otherwise generally sedentary lifestyle. I had packed all my favourite… Read More »Volunteer Voices: Tamsin