Free fun for all the family at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve Discovery Day!

Exploring the wetland at a Discovery Day at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve

All the family can enjoy a wildlife adventure at the Eycott Hill Discovery Day on Friday 26th July. The event, organised by Cumbria Wildlife Trust, will be a celebration of the nature reserve and the wildlife that lives there.

The fun will start at 1pm and visitors are welcome to drop in at any time until 4pm to take part in free activities which include: children’s wildlife trails; craft activities; apple bird seed feeders; insects under microscopes; and mini beast hunts.

Visitors can also explore the nature reserve on their own with self-led trails, wildlife spotting sheets, and nature activities.

Free guided walks and discovery sessions, lasting between 30 minutes to one hour, will be led by local experts throughout the day:

1.30pm: Grab a net and go pond dipping to see what’s lurking in the waters!

2pm: See what creatures Zoobidoo has brought and find out more about these wonderful animals, led by Caroline Walker.

3pm:  Join Guy Broome in a sweep netting walk round the reserve to discover the insects, butterflies and moths of Eycott Hill Nature Reserve.

Nichola Jackson, Eycott Hill Communications and Events Officer, said: “We hope people of all ages are able to join us as we celebrate Eycott Hill Nature Reserve. It’s a very special site and the free guided walks and activities are a great way for people to discover the fascinating wildlife that can be found here.”

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.