Lakeland Living Landscape

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aiming to retain, restore and reconnect high-quality habitats

Cumbria Wildlife Trust


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The Lake District is renowned for its beautiful, vast lakes, lofty peaks and rich, diverse wildlife.

The Lake District has some of the most varied and extensive wildlife habitats in England. It has the highest mountains and deepest lakes and is set within one of the most popular National Parks in the country.

Despite the wealth of biodiversity within the fells, much of the uplands remain in poor condition through historical management regimes, driven by post-war agricultural subsidies, which focused on intensive food production at the expense of wildlife. This, combined with the huge potential for restoration that new agri-environment schemes bring, has led to the development of the Lakeland Living Landscape.

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What's happening?

Working closely with landowners and local communities, the Lakeland Living Landscape aims to retain, restore and reconnect high-quality habitats within the Lake District. This will not only allow species to move more freely through the landscape allowing them to adapt to climate change, but will also lock up carbon in peat and woodlands, stabilise soils and purify water as it flows off the fell.

We wish to see the wealth of wildlife that these changes would bring valued by the local community and championed to visitors, making the Lake District a home for wildlife-watchers the world over.

To date the project has focused on two key habitats, upland water bodies (known locally as ‘tarns’) and upland hay meadow. Environmental changes to both habitats have been recorded.

Further projects are planned to cover upland woodlands, juniper woods and upland wetlands. There are also plans to record the oral history of the Lake District.

Scheme area: 230,000 hectares

Trust reserves within the scheme

Dubbs Moss, Ivy Crag Wood, Boathouse Field, Dorothy Farrer’s Spring Wood, Barkbooth Lot, Whitbarrow-Howe Ridding Wood, Whitbarrow-Hervey Memorial Reserve, Latterbarrow, Nichols Moss, Foulshaw Moss, Meathop Moss, Brown Robin

Current threats to the landscape

Changes to agricultural practices

This scheme is also...

Improving water quality, storing carbon, encouraging green tourism


Local landowners

To find out more

Email: Cumbria Wildlife Trust | Tel: 01539 816300 | Lakeland Living Landscape

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