The Cumbria Wetlands Project started in 2008. It was preceded by the Cumbria Wetland Bird Recovery Project (CWBRP), a 3-year Project which helped to restore more than three square kilometres of former wet grassland into optimum conditions for breeding wading birds as well as restoring BAP habitat.
The Cumbria Wetland Bird Recovery Project helped to create or restore more than a square kilometre of wet grassland habitat in the Sandford area, almost a square kilometre in the Holme Dub area, almost half a square kilometre at Dubwath and 0.2 square kilometres at Lindale near Grange. It also helped raise the profile of wet grassland habitats.
Nature conservation is increasingly looking at a landscape scale approach to conservation due to the multiple benefits which include:
· Significant long-term biodiversity gains being more likely on large and congruent wetland agri-environment schemes
· Larger sites may be more robust in retaining biodiversity value through climate change.
· Larger sites can improve the chances of successful breeding of some species of conservation concern.
· Large sites may also have potential which is more multi-functional.