What we do
Image: David Wootton
The chough has been chosen as a flagship species for this project because of its past association (breeding and wintering) with St. Bees and its reliance on a diverse mosaic of habitats that encapsulate the coastal landscape which St. Bees has supported in the past and has the potential to support again.
Situated between Whitehaven town in the North and St. Bees village in the south, the area targeted by The Colourful Coast Project is located on the western extremity of Cumbria, looking across to the Isle of Man (26 miles away).
The project area is 660 hectares in size. This can be broken down into a ‘coastal slope zone' of 248 hectares and a 'wider benefits zone' of 412 hectares. The project area includes the St. Bees Heritage Coast (the only such area in north-west England), the only high sea cliffs in north-west England, and the largest seabird colony in north-west England on our St. Bees Head reserve (including the only breeding black guillemots in England and one of only two mainland puffin breeding sites in England).
Monitoring management plans are being written into several new HLSs.
Haig mining museum have funding to develop a new visitor centre that will also house information on the project area.
Norman HoltonSenior Sites Manager, Cumbria ReservesE-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org