Help us restore wildlife and repair over 30 acres of critical habitat.

Across Cumbria, traditional hay meadows are dying out, hedgerows are shrinking and entire habitats are being lost. Red squirrels, skylarks and many iconic species have seen steep declines too. In 2016, the Lake District’s last golden eagle died.

We own, manage and protect over 1,400 acres of land in Cumbria. But, in the face of a nature crisis, we know there’s more to do. And we need to do it now.

With your help we can restore more wildlife, reconnect more wild places and repair over 30 acres of critically important habitat.

We’ve owned land at High Borrowdale since 2002. Before then, it had been heavily grazed with few trees or plants. Today, the Lake District valley is home to rare upland hay meadows and boasts a new riverside wood. But there’s more we can do to help nature.

Flowers provide food for bees and other pollinators. In turn this supports hedgehogs, bats and High Borrowdale’s many birds. With your help, we can plant 6,000 more wild flowers.

But we don’t want to stop there. We want to create over 400 metres of new hedgerow too. This will connect hay meadow, grassland and woodland within the valley, establishing a 32-acre wildlife corridor.

Your gift will help wildlife move safely between new habitats, enjoying greater freedom to breed, feed and thrive.

Visit Bull Coppice and Resp Haw Wood, and you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d stepped into the midst of Arthurian legend. Twisted yew and oak roots rise from a carpet of moss and lichen. This ancient Rusland woodland was recently gifted to Friends of the Lake District.

Photo: Rosamund Macfarlane

Home to red squirrels, it boasts nationally important habitats. But beneath the dense canopy, young trees struggle to grow. We must thin the canopy to let in more light. Ash dieback has attacked the woods too. By planting more hazel, hawthorn and other native trees, we can replace what has been lost.

Please help us restore these magnificent woods today.

Along with our restoration work, we want to make our land accessible to online audiences too. From wildlife cameras to virtual tours, we want to give everyone the opportunity to experience and explore these special places.

Nature needs us more than ever and it needs us now. That’s why we want to start work this winter, repairing habitats and rebuilding homes for wildlife. With your help, we can.

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