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Our four asks

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What's wild and special about Copeland

What's wild and special about Copeland

With the highest mountains, the deepest lakes and a magnificent coastline, this constituency has a diversity of wildlife to match. The coast is made up of a varied mosaic of shingle, sand dune and salt marsh.

Sand dunes
The sand dunes that fringe the coastline (including those found at the Trust’s nature reserve at Eskmeals Dunes) support highly specialised plant species such as sea rocket and Portland spurge, as well as beautiful orchids such as pyramidal, bee and northern marsh orchid. The dunes also protect beaches from erosion and are vital in our fight against coastal erosion.

Natterjack toads
Cumbria holds over half of the UK’s population of natterjack toads with a large number of colonies situated in the sand dunes along the coast of Copeland. The toads breed in the shallow pools or slacks that form between the successive ridges of sand dunes.

Landscape
Inland, the varied landscape of the Lake District forms an important part of the Trust’s Lakeland Living Landscape vision. A number of important habitats are found here – from the pristine lakes, hay meadows and fens, up to the woodlands, heather and scrub that coat the fells – to the highest mountains which hold some of the last refuges of montane flora in England.

The freshwater pearl mussel lives in fast flowing streams in Copeland. It is one of the longest living invertebrates known, surviving for over 100 years. They can grow to between 12 – 15cm in length.

At the end of 2013, the Cumbria Coast Marine Conservation Zone was created. Stretching 27km along the coastline from the cliffs at St. Bees Head to the Ravenglass Estuary, habitats and wildlife that depend on them can start to recover.

Your Member of Parliament’s response to our four asks:

Labour party logoResponse from Jamie Reed MP, Labour

As a Member of Parliament for a rural constituency, I know how much the beautiful scenery and wildlife of the Lake District means to my constituents, and as someone with a young family and a keen fellwalker, I regularly enjoy that which the Lakes has to offer.

It is in everyone’s interests that we do what we can to protect our natural environment, as the benefits that tourism and leisure bring to our local economy are substantial, in the process supporting thousands of jobs across the county.

Jamie Reed MP


A vision for the Copeland constituency

Your Wildlife Trust is developing a Living Landscape throughout the constituency.

Living Landscapes
Despite the wealth of biodiversity within the fells, much of the uplands remain in poor condition through inappropriate management. The Trust is committed to working with land managers and local communities to improve the ecosystem health and function of the uplands.

Living Seas
As part of our Living Seas vision we are working closely with other stakeholders to ensure the best outcomes for wildlife and other sea users.

The Marine and Coastal Access Act required the designation of a network of Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs), designed to protect the sea’s wildlife.

A number of important sandy, muddy and reef habitats have been proposed. However, one area off the coast from Whitehaven has recently been dropped by the Government. Protection could significantly benefit the marine environment and the fishing industry.

The Cumbria Coast MCZ was designated in 2013 but further sites are needed to achieve a ‘network’. We are currently in the process of campaigning for further coastal and marine sites to be incorporated into the network.

Cumbria Wildlife Trust Nature Reserves in the Copeland constituency:

Boathouse Field Nature Reserve

Clints Quarry Nature Reserve

Dubbs Moss Nature Reserve

Eskmeals Dunes Nature Reserve