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Talks at The Old Courthouse

Nature Crisis? What Nature Crisis?

Tuesday 14th May

Nature Crisis? What Nature Crisis?

Join Martin Varley, Programme Manager from the new large-scale nature restoration programme called Cumbria Connect covering the Lowther Valley, Haweswater and Orton Fells. 

Come and delve into the pressing need for nature restoration, understand the impact on Shap and broader area and be a part of the conversation. 

What is nature restoration vs landscape recovery, ecological restoration and conservation.  Join Martin Varley, Cumbria Connect Programme Manager, to decode nature restoration, explore the nuances of landscape change and uncover the significance for Shap and its surroundings.  Come prepared for some lively discussion on the future of our fells.

Doors open 7pm

Talk starts at 7.30

Opportunity for Q & A

Spaces limited – please book below

Venue – The Old Courthouse, Shap

The talk is free to attend – but please make a donation, if you can, on the evening.

For more information on Cumbria Connect and the Endangered Landscapes & Seascapes Programme, follow the link

Walks

River and Peatlands Restoration Walk Wasdale

Wednesday 8th May

River and Peatlands Restoration Walk Wasdale

Cumbria Connect Research Assistant, Callum Goff taking baseline readings ahead of peatland restoration work.

Explore the captivating Wasdale Beck on a guided walk led by local river restoration experts Bill Kenmir from Cumbria Connect and Alice Robinson from Lowther Estates, and delve into the fascinating world of peatlands restoration.

To slow the flow into the Lune catchment, Wasdale Beck will be restored to its natural river processes thanks to work commissioned by Lonsdale Settled Estate as part of a funded Countryside Stewardship project.

The water table will be raised, restoring precious peatland habitats which will re-wet the land enabling the growth of Spagnum Moss and prevent further degrading of the peat and subsequent carbon loss.

Times: 10am – 1pm

Walk length: Approx 4km

Moderate to hard, mostly track on uneven ground.

Not suitable for wheelchairs.

Spaces limited – please book.

The walk is free to attend – but please make a donation, if you can, to help support this vital work.

  • Moderate to hard, mostly track on uneven ground.
  • What to wear: Please dress according to the weather, warm clothes and waterproofs if cool and/or wet, don’t forget sunhats, sunscreen if hot! Please wear sturdy shoes or wellies.
  • What to bring: Snacks and a drink, binoculars
  • Parking: At The Old Courthouse, Shap
  • Toilets or facilities: Available at Shap

If possible, park in the village of Shap and car share.
There is only limited parking available at the venue.

Conservation Grazing with Pigs & Cattle at Lowther

Thursday 23rd May

Conservation grazing with
Pigs & Cattle at Lowther

Discover how the Lowther Estate is using traditional native livestock breeds to revitalise habitats and help restore lost biodiversity. Led by Joe Clements, Lowther Estate Conservation Assistant.

In recent years, the Lowther Estate has introduced different species of livestock to support its farming approach. These species include Tamworth Pigs and Longhorn Cattle. 

The Tamworth Pigs rootle through grasslands and woodlands, disturbing the ground & creating opportunities for plants species to colonise. Longhorn Cattle have also been introduced to reduce the dominance of coarse grasses allowing space for more delicate wildflowers. 

Come along and find out more about how these breeds are helping to transform the landscape. 

Times: 1pm to 3pm

Walk length: Approx 2km

Moderate Terrain. Short Steep slopes. Walking boots needed.

Not suitable for wheelchairs.

Spaces limited – please book.

The walk is free to attend – but please make a donation, if you can, to help support this vital work.

  • Moderate terrain. Short Steep slopes. Walking boots needed.

  • What to wear: Please dress according to the weather, warm clothes and waterproofs if cool and/or wet, don’t forget sunhats, sunscreen if hot! Please wear sturdy shoes or wellies.
  • What to bring: Snacks and a drink, binoculars
  • Parking: At The Old Courthouse, Shap
  • Toilets or facilities: Toilets available at Shap

If possible, park in the village of Shap and car share.
There is only limited parking available at the venue.

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