Welcome to this privately run site, which is something of a personal notebook built up over many years, on the fabulous wildlife that can be seen within the county of Cumbria. There are also further sections about the Furness and Cartmel peninsulas and my fund-raising for conservation projects (click the links below).

Comments, corrections and additions are welcomed; please email using the link above.




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Wastwater

Sandscale Haws

Sow How

Coniston

ABOUT CUMBRIA

Cumbria is enormously rich in wildlife and has a tremendous variety of habitats and a huge variation in climate. It has more SSSI's (about 227) than any other English county and the greatest area of land (about 140 ha) under SSI notification. The igneous rocks of the central Lakes are surrounded by bands of slate, limestone and sandstone. These create soil and vegetation types of great variety, at heights ranging from over 1000 metres down to sea level. Although noted for its mountains, lakes, and valleys, Cumbra also has a long coastline that affords excellent dune systems, sandstone cliffs, coastal lowland with internationally rare raised bogs and estuaries of international importance. No other county has such a diversity of bird habitat for example.

25 National Nature Reserves
37 Wildlife Trust Reserves
5 Local Nature Reserves
5 RSPB Reserves
34 Woodland Trust Reserves
over 275 SSI's
Over 70 Geological SSSI's.

FOR DISTRIBUTION MAPS FOR CUMBRIAN SPECIES VISIT:

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON CUMBRIAN WILDLIFE BIODIVERSITY AND HABITATS VISIT:


Whitbarrow

Bigland

Subberthwaite Moss

River Leven


 

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BEAUTIFUL DEMOISELLE
BEE ISSUES
CHICK FLICKS
DAFFODILS (wild)
DOWNY EMERALD DRAGONFLY
FUND RAISING
HEDGEHOGS
LADY'S SLIPPER ORCHID
LICHENS
MONTH BY MONTH
NATTERJACK TOAD
PIED FLYCATCHER et al
REED WARBLERS et al
SISKIN et al
SWALLOWS et al
TERNS
TREE PIPITS
TREE SPARROWS
WAXCAP FUNGI