Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve with cottongrass in the foreground. © Bex Lynam
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Bee on lavender flower © Michelle Waller
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A couple reading an wildlife interpretation panel at South Walney Nature Reserve with Piel castle in background © John Morrison
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There's (probably) a Nature Reserve a few miles from you just waiting to be explored...
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An undisturbed wild place, Argill Woods Nature Reserve is a tranquil steep sided wooded valley with waterfalls and pools where dippers and pied flycatchers can be seen.
Around the remains of old lead smelt mills, species rich grasslands contain a huge variety of different meadow flowers such as orchids, melancholy thistle and devil's-bit scabious.
Rough fell, grassland, wetland and wooded areas provide a diverse habitat where dragonflies, damselflies and the rare high brown fritillary butterfly abound.
Typical limestone woodland with magnificent display of spring flowers interspersed with species rich grassland. Wax cap fungi and yellow meadow ants are found here. Great views over the Kent…
This upland oak woodland is rich in mosses, ferns and liverworts. Bluebells and wild garlic carpet the wood in the spring and both pied and spotted flycatchers and redstarts are seen.
Once a large freshwater lake this unusual wetland habitat has a number of rare plant species. A speciality of the site here is the delicate bird's eye primrose, whilst other species include…
Ancient woodland with exceptionally rich and interesting range of flowering plants. Coppice management benefits several species of butterfly and part of the nature reserve is a traditional…
Steeply sloping, this small remnant of oak woodland on the slopes of the Dodd below Skiddaw, provides an excellent habitat for birds such as pied-flycatcher.
This small reserve, a mix of grassland, woodland and scrub has a surprising variety of plant species. It is a haven for insect life.
A small undisturbed area of wet woodlandand, a haven for birds.