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    On Saturday 4th October, RSPB Site Manager Stephen Westerberg and John Errington of Tarnhouse Farm will lead small groups on a unique tour behind the scenes of a farm that has to constantly balance the needs of the ecological system of the upland landscape and the day to day practicalities of running a farm. As well as demonstrating some hands on techniques, they will lead discussion and tell stories of their shared experiences in this unusual, remote and beautiful landscape.  

    This event will be of particular interest to those involved with farming or smallholding, particularly in upland areas as well as those with a keen interest in conservation and the work of the RSPB. For more information on the RSPB’s work at the Geltsdale reserve please click here [link to }

    There are two 2.5 hours tours, with a maximum of 15 people on each:

     Tour 1:  10:00am - 12.30pm

    Tour 2:  2.00pm - 4.30pm

    The tours include light refreshments. Please wear sturdy boots or wells, waterproofs and plenty of warm clothing.

    To book your place, please click here [ link to ]


  • Exhibition of Paintings by Hugh Clarke

    The Geltsdale Gallery are currently showing a collection of works in pastel and watercolour by local sculptor and painter Hugh Clarke. 

    Hugh lives alongside one of the many visitor trails on the reserve, and Geltsdale's big skies, wooded valleys and wide open spaces act as an inspiration and catalyst for his work.  The paintings in his current exhibition show a selection of landscapes illustrating local view points.

    The exhibition can be viewed from 9.00am to 5.00pm 7 days per week


  • The Gilsland Show

    With a disappointing forecast, strong winds and stormy skies, Belinda Lloyd, Assistant Farmland Warden and Jill Jones, Reserve Administrator set off to woman a stall at the Gilsland Show, supported by Ness and Bonnie the dog.

    After the ordeal of setting up the gazebo in storm force winds, the team prepared themselves to receive the public and create a work of art, a “willow sheep”. The members of the public bravely turned out and the weather eased, the “willow sheep” progressed and attracted the attention of the passing public.

    The show was deemed a success with heavy horses, local livestock, bag pipes, local produce and a busy beer tent.

    Our stall enjoyed a good day, with staff chatting to local farmers, bird enthusiasts, lovers of arts & crafts and local families. Many of our visitors were interested in the plight of the hen harrier and our work on the reserve, the children liked our games and wildlife stickers. Exhausted and just a little damp we packed up after the end of a successful day.

    The photograph shows Jill Jones and willow sheep keeping stall at the event.