This project, in partnership with RSPB and Natural England, is working with farmers to improve the habitat for wading birds in the lowland areas of the National Park. The project began in 2008 covering a 70ha area and has a particular focus on:
The techniques used to create better habitat for these wader birds include:
It's too early to tell if populations of breeding waders have increased on project sites. However work will continue via the RSPB's Morecambe Bay Futurescapes project which will monitor the changing fortunes of these birds.
The Lake District National Park is involved in a variety of projects designed to control or eradicate alien species such as:
The Bassenthwaite Reflections project, which has been going for 12 years, includes work on tackling alien species over the lake's 350sq km catchment area. Work has intensified on tackling alien species in the last four years resulting in:
Staff at the Lake District National Park have been involved in blocking grips (open moorland ditches) to restore blanket peat bogs - which, in turn, helps promote biodiversity.
Several rare or threatened species are associated with Lake District peat bogs including: