Wildlife in Cumbria, England

This video from Britain is called Highlights: The Lake District National Park.

From Wildlife Extra:

Cumbria Wildlife Trust secures Heritage Lottery funding to help buy Eycott Hill

December 2013: Eycott Hill is a rich area of wildlife habitat between Keswick and Penrith and within the Lake District National Park. It is scheduled as a Site of Special Scientific Interest because of the series of mires that occupy parallel troughs in the underlying volcanic rock, and the areas of rough upland pasture. Both of these could be restored and managed for the benefit of a number of birds of conservation concern such as skylark, meadow pipit, wheatear and short-eared owl. The mires also provide one of the few locations found in Cumbria for bog sedge, lesser bladderwort and grass of Parnassus, among other uncommon plant species.

The land has been purchased with a finance deal and the Cumbria Wildlife Trust has two years to complete the purchase, otherwise the land will be offered on the open market. Heritage Lottery Funding has supplied £52,200 to help the Trust progress its plans to apply for a full grant. It is hoped that the local wildlife conservation charity can secure a further £1,381,000 to roll out the full plans for the site, which include as aspect of education in wildlife-friendly farming practices.

Helen Duxbury, Development Manager at Cumbria Wildlife Trust said: “If we are successful in getting a full grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund we will be able to restore a mix of valuable wildlife habitats including upland heathland, blanket bog, valley mires and upland hay meadow. We’re excited about developing Eycott Hill as a demonstration site for nature conservation farming techniques in partnership with Newton Rigg College, which will provide training for students on conservation grazing techniques and the links between farming and wildlife.”

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