Donate to help Smardale Nature Reserve.
Your donation will help improve Smardale Nature Reserve to make it both a haven for wildlife and also give the access needed for people.Cumbria Wildlife Trust
On such a long linear reserve, where bridges have been removed and railway banking has collapsed, there is much to do to reinstate the access. Smardale is also one of our most easily accessible nature reserves as it has a wheelchair accessible path along its length. So, of course, this gem of a nature reserve attracts thousands of visitors each year which leaves us with problems: there is no parking and the extension, although brilliant for wildlife, is not accessible to walkers and wheelchairs.
Initially, we are concentrating on creating a long length of boardwalk which will give access from Smardale onto the new land and will link to a new car park. This is so you may easily access the new section of railway line and see the wildlife and geological interest we are so impressed with.
By next spring, we also plan to put in place new information panels telling you more about this surprisingly different area of the nature reserve, along with a red squirrel feeding station. The nature reserve supports an important population of red squirrels - you might spot them feasting on hazelnuts. The feeding station will provide food for these marvellous creatures and will give you a place to more easily spot them.