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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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
G7 Commentary - Nature compact success or failure?
For the first time the G7 has made a nature-positive commitment to halt and reverse the loss of biodiversity by 2030. This is unprecedented. Never before we have seen nature prioritised in a way that recognises the importance of a healthy natural wor...Posted 14/06/2021 by Vanessa Amaral-Rogers
A big step for international whale conservation - sei whale Key Biodiversity Area in Falklands
By Michelle Winnard, Communications Officer, Falklands Conservation Sei whale by Caroline Weir, Falklands Conservation In a big step for international whale conservation, the Falkland Islands have been confirmed as a hotspot for a globally end...(re...Posted 12/05/2021 by Heather Mitchell
Rejecting aluminium from Ghana's Forests
As Ghana weighs economic benefits of mining bauxite for aluminum, multi-billion-dollar global companies support community groups calling for protection of critical forest. Natalie Hall, RSPB Senior Advisor for International Site Policy explains. Atew...Posted 03/02/2021 by Vanessa Amaral-Rogers
Taking ‘Favourable Conservation Status’ out of the ‘too difficult’ box
Favourable Conservation Status (FCS) is a concept enshrined in international, European and national nature protection laws. Head of Sites Conservation Policy, Kate Jennings explains the idea of identifying what good looks like for habitats and s...(r...Posted 13/02/2020 by Vanessa Amaral-Rogers