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.
Explore the area
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
#SaveCoulLinks - an urgent update from a vital campaign
My colleague, Kate Bellew, Senior Conservation Planner at RSPB Scotland has just posted this blog following an important meeting held by Highland Council to decide on the fate of Coul Links. Given the significance of the case - I'm reproducing...(rea...Posted 12/06/2018 by Andre Farrar
Planning Policy Wales: Securing a brighter future for nature in Wales
Following my blog 11 days ago on the draft National Planning Policy Framework for England, I'm delighted to introduce this guest blog on Planning Policy Wales by my colleague Christopher O'Brien. Guest blog by RSPB Cymru Senior Policy Officer...(read...Posted 21/05/2018 by Simon Marsh
Three decades fighting for peatlands
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 15/05/2018 by Andre Farrar
Building a Britain Fit for the Future (3)
Today we submit our final response to the Government’s consultation on a revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) for England. You can see our previous commentary on it here and here . The changes to the NPPF are wide-ranging, and most...(re...Posted 10/05/2018 by Simon Marsh