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Lake District Wildlife

The Lake District's stunning scenery of high fells and valley lakes contains a very wide range of wildlife some of which is unique in England. It is home to the Red Squirrel, nesting Golden Eagles and Ospreys. Thousands of geese, ducks and swans live on Windermere with thousands more coming over in the winter months including goldeneye and red-breasted merganser.

Bassenthwaite Lake as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and National Nature Reserve is home to a number of species of wildlife. There are six National Nature Reserves in the Lake District as well as 100 sites of Special Scientific Interest. The Cumbria Wildlife Trust looks after over 40 nature reserves across Cumbria as well as workimg to protect species and habitats in the wider countryside, especially those listed in Cumbria's Biodiversity Action Plan. These include red squirrels, water voles, bats, natterjack toads, dragonflies and tarns.

External links

Virtual Fauna of Lakeland - Information on the wildlife of Cumbria.
Directory of Nature Reserves
Cumbria Wildlife Trust

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