Connecting people and landscape in Cumbria’s Lakes and Dales

Project Context and Aim

In the UK, Cumbria’s mountains support internationally important areas of upland heath, alpine meadow, ancient woodland and fens. However, wildlife is now largely restricted to protected fragments. Even then, iconic species including pine marten and black grouse have disappeared. Intervening areas have suffered markedly, with meadows replaced by monocultures, rivers polluted and fells denuded.

This project will plan restoration of 19,000 ha in a manner that jointly supports jobs, community, wildlife, water provision and flood protection. It will work with the people that live and work across Cumbria’s lakes and dales to map a collective route towards a landscape-scale, nature-led future that entwines healthy ecosystems to form a thriving economy.

Project Partners

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
United Utilities
Lowther Estate
Natural England

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