Practical Conservation

Wonderful Woodlands - We’re planting native woodlands in places that were traditionally wooded and in locations where soil is vulnerable to washing away in the rain, running workshops where volunteers can learn basic silviculture (that’s how to look after trees), planting techniques and pick up some woodland crafts skills (e.g. charcoal making, sculpture, wildlife boxes, etc). We’ve got 4000 trees to plant so get in touch and lend a hand!

 

Restoring the Rivers - We’re taking an innovative approach to water management and helping rivers get back to working naturally.  We’re locating suitable sites to reconnect rivers with their flood plains and restore riverside vegetation.  We’re developing demonstration sites showing a range of ways to manage a river more naturally that land owners and managers can replicate elsewhere.

 

Save our Soils - Soil is one of our most precious resources, this project is helping people understand why. It’s demonstrating techniques for reducing erosion risk and working with our woodlands and river restoration projects to plant new woodlands, stabilise river corridors and upland peat at demonstration sites. This project is being run by the National Park on our behalf.

 

Restore the Shore - In the 19th century Windermere had lots more reed beds. Recently they’ve been disappearing much faster and people have something to do with it (e.g. bow waves from boats, and hauling boats out through reeds), but  grazing by geese, ducks and farm animals, and nutrient changes in the water are also responsible. Here we’ll map existing reedbeds, artificially propagate and then plant new reeds. We’ll also be talking about how people can help stop this decline. This project is being run by South Cumbria Rivers Trust on our behalf. See Restore the Shore for more details.

Stop the Spread Poster

 

Alien Invaders - Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS) are a huge threat to Windermere’s ecology and the economy it supports. In the Windermere catchment, INNS include Japanese Knotweed, Western Skunk Cabbage, and Himalayan Balsam and we’ll be focusing on these. These alien plants out compete native plants and drastically change the places where our plants and animals live. In winter most die back leaving exposed soil that then washes into the lakes.  We are aiming to get rid of INNS in the Windermere catchment, by helping people recognise them, and join us in preventing their spread. South Cumbria Rivers Trust is leading this project for us. See Alien Invaders for more details.