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South Lakes nature reserve receives a boost

Pete Jones, Southern Reserves Officer for Cumbria Wildlife Trust, with one of the new visitor information signs at Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve.

[V]isitors to Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve near Witherslack can now explore even more of this important wildlife site, following the opening of a boardwalk extension and the installation of new visitor information.

The extended all-weather, fully-accessible boardwalk has opened up previously inaccessible parts of the nature reserve, which is owned by Cumbria Wildlife Trust. This will enable wildlife lovers to enjoy at close hand what is one of the largest examples of raised peat bogs in the country. Attractive new information panels have also been installed, illustrating the plants that may be seen there, such as Sphagnum mosses, cotton grasses and bog rosemary, as well as animals, including the elusive water rail, dragonflies, butterflies and lizards.

Paul Waterhouse, Reserves Officer with Cumbria Wildlife Trust, says: “Thanks to a generous grant from LEADER, this outstanding nature reserve has received a tremendous boost. The newly-opened section of boardwalk takes visitors around the old peat-cutting sheds, a reminder of how the site was historically managed, and the new information panels really bring the nature reserve to life, helping visitors to understand more about this fascinating and important wildlife site.”

Chris Edwards, Cumbria Fells and Dales LEADER Programme Manager, says “The Cumbria Fells and Dales Local Action Group are pleased to support the project at Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve. The new boardwalk and interpretation boards enable visitors to fully appreciate and experience this internationally important nature reserve.”

Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve is renowned for the pair of breeding ospreys that nest there during the summer months, attracting around 5,000 visitors each year. However, it’s a wildlife haven throughout the year and if you visit during autumn or winter, you may see snipe, teal, hen harrier and red deer. The nature reserve is free to enter and can be found off the A590 near Witherslack.

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