Enjoyed by millions of visitors annually, the North Lakes Futurescape offers an awe-inspiring landscape of open fells, wooded valleys, lakes, tumbling streams and meadows.
It is a fantastic place for wildlife, but humans have had an impact on the landscape. Working with partners, we aim to inspire a landscape which combines the Lake District’s dramatic scenery with wildlife-rich areas.
We’re working to help improve the water quality of lakes, tarns and rivers. We also want to restore lost hay meadows, rewet dried-up upland bogs and reverse the historical loss of native woodland and heather moorland.
We want to see a landscape which: supports wildlife such as red grouse, wood warblers, golden eagles and curlews; provides livelihoods for future generations of farmers; can adapt to climate change; supports tourism and local communities as well as providing high-quality drinking water.
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Find out what’s going on near this Futurescape, including places to visit, news and local events, plus how you can work or volunteer for us.
Reserves and other protected areas are a key part of Futurescapes. They provide core areas for nature to thrive and eventually repopulate the surrounding landscapes. The key RSPB reserves within this Futurescape are:
Haweswater is a dramatic landscape of high fells, rushing rivers, heath, meadow, bog and woodland and is home to a host of upland wildlife. Until recently, it was also the home of England’s last golden eagle.
Futurescapes is all about collaboration. There are many organisations and people involved in managing land in the North Lakes. Our challenge is working together to find ways of making more space for nature. To achieve this we’re working with:
Saving special places
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The Great Wash has been designated for its importance for wildlife - good news? Yes, but there's a twist.
It’s almost invariably good news when a special site for wildlife gets legal recognition and is designated. But the Greater Wash Special Protection Area (SPA) – which was classified as an SPA by DEFRA ministers on 28 March begs some questions...(read...Posted 19/04/2018 by Andre Farrar
Want to know about peat bogs? Here's a primer
Wherever peat soils form - there is a conservation story - often of loss and damage, occasionally of restoration and hope. They form a fragile home for distinctive and often threatened wildlife and the properties of the peat provide life-giving benef...Posted 19/04/2018 by Andre Farrar
Cutting of Primeval Forest Judged Illegal by European Court
Dan Pullan, our International Casework Manager reacts to today's great news from the European Court of Justice Some good news today – the European Court of Justice, which is the final arbiter of EU law, has judged that Poland is breaking...(read more...Posted 17/04/2018 by Andre Farrar