Get closer to the field and a little more behind the scenes by enjoying a read of the wild experiences,  wildlife insights and recollections of staff and volunteers - writers from all over the organisation from our Reserve Officers to our Student placements.

We welcome guest bloggers! If you have something to write home about - whether you've got a trail cam in your garden, or you've been bird watching, or visited one of our nature reserves - if it's to do with Cumbria's wildlife and wild places then we'd love to hear from you!

Osprey family

Poem: 'Soar'

Local writer and poet Catherine Morgan Wania, from South Lakeland, recently collaborated with Teazhy, a Nigerian poet, to write a poem about osprey migration from Cumbria to a place near Abuja,…

Image of tufted ducks © Jon Hawkins - Surrey Hills Photography

How to identify diving ducks

Diving ducks can be seen year-round, but winter brings a boost in numbers as birds arrive from Northern Europe and Russia. This guide will help you identify them.

Image of Staveley woodlands © Danni Chalmers

Back to the woods

Danni heads back to Staveley Woodlands, after a sixth-month absence, takes in a deep breath of the warming, woodland scents and is inspired once again by this wonderful wildlife habitat


Smells of autumn and winter

There’s nothing quite as good at bringing back old memories as an evocative smell. Autumn is one of those times of year when evocative scents are everywhere.