Cumbria Wildlife Trust

Foulshaw Moss Flagship Nature Reserve

To make this wetland an even better place for wildlife, nature & the environment. Restoring & creating habitat for rare species including ospreys, marsh harrier, white-faced darter dragonfly, otters, butterflies & more. At the same time making it easy for people to experience this rare habitat.

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Location

  • “No one will protect what they don't care about; and no one will care about what they have never experienced”

    — David Attenborough

  • “No one will protect what they don't care about; and no one will care about what they have never experienced”

    — David Attenborough

Situation

Lack of space for wildlife - lagg fen habitat is an exceptionally rare habitat, sadly, almost completely lost from the UK. This habitat provides valuable breeding grounds for dragonflies, shelter for birds & sites for adolescent bitterns. Lack of access - Foulshaw Moss has so much for people to see, enjoy & experience. At the moment, there is a limited amount of boardwalk so access is restricted. Lack of information - people visiting don't always know what they can see or its importance.

Solution

Planting creates areas of lagg fen habitat (which is exceptionally rare) making space for wildlife to shelter & breed. Water level monitors will track & help maintain the habitat. Boardwalk, information boards, hides & screening will allow people to experience more of the nature reserve without damaging the fragile habitat by trampling underfoot or disturbing the wildlife. Installing information boards will give people the information about what they can search for & enjoy seeing.