Events at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve this autumn

Eycott Hill Nature Reserve in Autumn 

A series of free events at Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s Eycott Hill Nature Reserve this autumn will allow visitors to enjoy free guided walks, meet the grazier, join in with conservation days and learn more about the fungi of grasslands.

On Wednesday 23rd October, Thursday 7th November and Wednesday 20th November from 10.00am – 3.30pm volunteers can join in with practical tasks during our conservation days. Eycott Hill Nature Reserve is a fantastic upland landscape consisting of wetlands, woodlands and hay meadows. Come along to one of our conservation days and help with bridge building, tree maintenance and drystone walling. Wellies or walking boots are recommended for these days, as well as plenty of drinks and a packed lunch.

If your bike has been sat in the shed for a while or you’re not sure where to start with changing an inner tube, come along to our cycle maintenance session on Wednesday 9th October. From 11.00am till 2.00pm pop to the reserve for a free bike safety check and learn some basic bike maintenance, all you need is your bike and lunch!

On Tuesday 15th October (1pm – 3pm) join a walk led by the Eycott Hill Nature Reserve grazier, James Irving, and find out about the new herd of Belted Galloway cattle. The walk is over varied terrain, wellies or walking boots are recommended.

On Saturday 19th October (10:00am) and Wednesday 6th November (10:00am) free guided walks, lasting approximately two hours, will give an overview of this fantastic upland nature reserve, an introduction to its nationally important geology, and an insight in to the work Cumbria Wildlife Trust has done to make it better for people and wildlife. The walks are over varied terrain, wellies or walking boots are recommended.

Enjoy free fun for all the family at our Halloween themed Discovery Day on Thursday 24th October from 1pm to 4pm; a celebration of nature, autumn and Halloween. Arts & crafts, willow weaving workshops, mini-beast hunts, make your own bug hotels, spider walks, sweep netting insects & moths, plus much more! No need to book for this event, just pop along!

Learn to identify fascinating fungi with expert Paul Nichol as you explore the beautiful grasslands of Eycott Hill Nature Reserve during our Fungi of Grasslands course on Tuesday 29th October, 10am – 5pm. This event will start at Mungrisdale Village Hall and progress to Eycott Hill Nature Reserve.

Thanks to National Lottery Players, all the events are free of charge, supported by the The National Lottery Heritage Fund. Booking is essential, please call 01539 816300 or email events@cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk to book your place.

Work at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve is supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund who awarded £1.6 million towards the purchase price and an ongoing five year programme of conservation and activities to benefit wildlife and people. Located between Keswick and Penrith, near to the village of Mungrisdale, Eycott Hill is 216 hectares of exceptionally rich wildlife habitat and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest for the plants in the swamps and mires and its geology. Car parking and entry to the nature reserve is free of charge. 

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Work at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve is possible thanks to National Lottery Players, and support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.