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  • St. Bede's Primary School Visit Geltsdale

    Year 5 pupils from St Bede's Primary School Carlisle, braved the mist and rain to learn about Geltsdale's moorland habit and the birds, plants and animals that live there.  They were rewarded with pleasant sunshine, bird watching and habitat themed games in the afternoon.  We look forward to seeing year 2 pupils next month.

  • RSPB Geltsdale ‘Sacred Land’ Exhibition by Robin Oliver running until 17th July

    RSPB Geltsdale is hosting a new exhibition ‘Sacred Land’ by local artist Robin Oliver.


    Robin takes his inspiration from his native Cumberland the place where he was born. His images, often using mixed media, represent his slow and gentle evolution as an artist.  


    This latest exhibition shows some of Robin’s lesser known images and new work, some which have been created specifically for display within the gallery space at the Geltsdale Visitor Centre. The venue is located literally a stone’s throw from where the Artist grew up.

    The exhibition is dedicated by the Artist to; All Indigenous Peoples & Species around the World.

    The exhibition can be viewed free of charge 7 days per week between 9:00am and 5:00pm until Sunday 17th July.

    Robin Oliver welcomes any enquiry about his work and is happy to be contacted via email at

  • Warm weather

    Migrants arriving all the time now, the first Swift and Whinchat was seen today in the Gelt Valley. Also there were 190 Golden Plover in one flock, these dark faced birds were almost certainly stopping over on their way further north.

    Grasshopper Warblers were heard yesterday, Common Sandpiper, Redstart, Pied Flycatcher and Tree Pipit have been present since the weekend. Willow Warblers (like this singing bird here) arrived in numbers on Tuesday, coinciding with the good spell of weather. The warmth has brought out a few butterflies, mainly Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock, but the highlight was Green Hairstreak seen today.

    Some birds are now nesting, this Reed Bunting  is watching over a sitting female nearby. Many birds are nest-building like this Dipper which briefly visited an old nest site before collecting more nest material for its new nest.