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Our four asks

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What's wild and special about Workington

What's wild and special about Workington

With some of the highest mountains in England, superb lakes and the Solway estuary off its coast, the Workington constituency has some of the finest wildlife to be found anywhere in England.

Lowland raised bogs
The Solway Mires form part of a once extensive landscape of deep peat that stretched across the low lying Solway Plain. The four peat bogs that make up Solway Mosses are considered exceptional examples of lowland raised bog in England and support a host of special plants and animals.

Solway Firth
The Solway Firth is the third largest estuary in England and one of the most significant for wildlife. Internationally important numbers of birds such as pinkfooted and barnacle geese flock to feed in the estuary and surrounding salt marsh, making this a mecca for birdwatchers. The coast is made up of a mosaic of shingle, sand dune and salt marsh. Vegetated shingle is a nationally important habitat supporting a number of drought-tolerant plants as well as diverse insect populations, and the shingle provides breeding sites for a number of birds.

Sand dunes
Sand dunes support highly specialised plant species, such as sea rocket and Portland spurge. The rare natterjack toad breeds in the shallow pools or slacks that form between the successive ridges of sand dune systems and beautiful orchids such as pyramidal, bee and northern marsh orchid also find a home here.

Bassenthwaite is home to the UK’s rarest fish, the vendace. It also provides a rich hunting ground to one of England’s rarest breeding birds, the osprey.

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 the constituency.

The rare marsh fritillary butterfly, close to extinction in Cumbria, has been subject to a reintroduction at Finglandrigg National Nature Reserve on the Solway Plain.

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

Labour party logoResponse from Sue Hayman, Labour

Thank you for your recent letter about the work of Cumbria Wildlife Trust. After I received it I called your office to see if you were available and spoke to a member of staff called Albert who was extremely helpful.

I explained to Albert that my husband and I are members of Cumbria Wildlife Trust and I am happy to support the important work the Trust is doing for this beautiful area.

I will, of course, write to the labour’s Leader on the matters you mention and, if elected, will work to help support the recovery of the natural environment for wildlife and people.If there is anything further I can do to help, please let me know.


 

A vision for Workington constituency

Your Wildlife Trust is developing two specific Living Landscape visions throughout the constituency.

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. The Cumbria Coast MCZ was designated in 2013 but further sites are needed to achieve a ‘network’. A number of important sandy, muddy and reef habitats have been proposed, including Allonby Bay, and we are currently in the process of campaigning for these sites to be safeguarded for the future.

Solway Mosses Living Landscape
The Trust has undertaken extensive restoration of the lowland raised mire at Drumburgh Moss Nature Reserve. Working with surrounding landowners we have worked hard to re-wet this area, creating the perfect conditions for peat formation. Storing carbon in the Solway Mires will help the Workington constituency become more carbon neutral.

Cumbria Wildlife Trust Nature Reserves in Workington constituency:

Bowness-on-Solway Nature Reserve
Drumburgh Moss Nature Reserve
Ivy Crag Wood Nature Reserve