Wetlands, lakes and rivers
There are lots of different freshwater habitats in National Parks; from tinkling mountain streams to large lazy rivers, from tiny tarns in the Lake District, to the largest lake in Britain – Loch Lomond.
Our freshwater habitats are home to a wide range of biodiversity
Water lilies and reeds grow in the water, salmon and trout swim in the rivers and dragonflies fly over the lakes. Otters and watervoles make homes in the riverbanks, and our native kingfishers and dippers are joined by dozens of migrant birds who stop over on the wetlands.
How we do we help look after our freshwater habitats?
We electrocute the fish, we use huge machines to dig up the bottom of lakes, we cut down plants, we fence in cattle and sheep, and make sure that fishermen catch lots of salmon. Find out more about some of the surprising ways we work to keep our freshwater teeming with life.
Wetlands – We’re electrocuting fish and digging up the mud to restore clean water to the Broads, England’s largest and most important wetland.
Lakes – We’re working on the land all around Bassenthwaite Lake to improve the water in the lake, and make it a suitable home for the king of fishermen, the osprey.
Rivers – Local fishermen and volunteers are helping us keep salmon in the water and water voles on the banks of rivers in Northumberland.