Groups and partnerships

Cumbria Wildlife Trust works in partnership with other organisations to achieve the best results for wildlife. We also support special interest groups, which are made up of volunteers and experts in a particular field.

Cumbria Mammal group

The Cumbria Mammal Group has been set up with the objective of raising awareness of the county’s mammals and encouraging people to participate in monitoring and recording their presence.

The Cumbria Mammal group Facebook page is already populated with a number of posts, photographs and videos and new members are always welcome.

As well as being a useful means of sharing observations from around Cumbria the group is planning to run some specialist field meetings with a view to producing the mammal experts of tomorrow.

Cumbria is fortunate in possessing some real experts and if these individuals cast their minds back, they will recall that they were initially shown the ropes by someone willing to share their skills. The demise of the old Mammals Group and the regional Badger Groups has created a vacuum in this educational area that this new Group intends to fill. 

Cumbria Local Nature Partnership

Cumbria Local Nature Partnership is currently seeking a new Chair.

Cumbria’s brand is defined by our location and unique environment; it has provided the resources for innovation that have made Cumbria globally renowned.

However, we continue to witness the decline of nature in Cumbria as climate change, development pressure and modern day life impact on our surroundings that have provided us with vital natural resources. Once common species have become rare, and treasured landscapes are changing.

We need our natural systems to provide for us. We rely on it to supply essentials such as food, clean air and water and to underpin the quality of our lives by supporting health, recreation and fulfilment.

It also provides our economic base. Environmental growth will change our thinking and practice; it will ensure that nature can sustain and support our communities and businesses in the future.

Can you help lead this change?

The Cumbria Local Nature Partnership (CLNP) is searching for a senior level high profile individual who can provide leadership and act as an influential advocate for the Partnership’s purpose, vision and functions.

Whilst not necessarily drawn from an organisation/background working for the natural environment he/she must understand the importance to Cumbria of a healthy and robust natural environment.

They must also have experience of, and strong links to the business community, and must want to help ensure the natural environment is managed sustainably for the benefit of nature, people and the economy.

If you would like to discuss the role further, call Graham Jackson-Pitt on 01539 816 300. To apply, send your cv and a covering letter explaining why you would like the role and you reasons for applying to or post to:

Graham Jackson-Pitt
Senior Living Landscapes Officer
Cumbria Wildlife Trust
Crook Road

For further info about the role and our work please see the downloads section at the bottom of the page.

Deadline for applications is 9am on Monday the 6th of March.

Following shortlisting successful applicants will be invited to interview.

More information on the CLNP.

Cumbria Local Nature Partnership consists of a wide range of organisations including statutory agencies, local authorities, representatives of farming and landowning interests, research and educational institutions, businesses, voluntary organisations and community groups.

In late 2014 the CLNP Board was established with Lord Inglewood as its Chair (a full list of CLNP Board members is contained within the CLNP Strategy - see downloads below) and since then we have been seeking to work strategically with leaders from all sectors and foster a step change in delivery for the environment embedding its value in local decisions for the benefit of nature, people and the economy.

The CLNP Board has also been working to develop the CLNP Strategy. This strategy sets out what the CLNP wants for the environment in Cumbria. The CLNP's vision for the environment of Cumbria is:

“Cumbria is a place where consideration for the environment informs every decision making process and where the environment is managed to provide a wide range of benefits for nature, people and the economy. In Cumbria nature’s role within the landscape is understood and valued by all”.  

It also outlines the approach required and lists the themes on which CLNP and others need to work in order to realise this vision. The four key themes are:

1. Putting people at the heart of environmental policy;

2. Managing environmental impacts and growing the economy;

3. Adopting an integrated landscape approach to conservation on both land and at sea;

4. Improving knowledge and understanding of the environment.

The CLNP will encourage delivery and where necessary instigate a series of priority actions under these four themes using the best available evidence and in consultation with its stakeholders and others (e.g. Morecambe Bay and Northern Upland Chain LNPs).

If you would like to find out more about the CLNP and its work please contact Graham Jackson-Pitt (Senior Living Landscape Officer) who currently acts as the secretariat for the Partnership using the details below. Alternatively feel free to visit him in our Wider Countryside Office at Plumgarths.

Contact: Graham Jackson-Pitt
Telephone: 01539816300

Cumbria Peat Partnership

The Cumbria Peat Partnership (CPP) is a practical delivery group, made up of 14 organisations from across Cumbria. It brings stakeholders together to share knowledge, develop best practice and actively support the restoration, stewardship and the long-term future of the wide range of valuable peat habitats in Cumbria.

Why is this work important?

The cool, wet climate of Cumbria provides perfect conditions for bog and peat formation; over 31,000 hectares of Blanket Bog alone have been recorded in Cumbria – that’s an area larger than 43417 football pitches!

Intact and well managed peatland habitats are an incredibly important habitat, providing a host of benefits. An intact wetland will store within its peat tonnes of carbon - in the UK peat bogs store nearly four times more carbon than forests. It will also help to improve the quality of the water we drink and regulate water flow whilst providing a home for a host of important and rare species of plants and animals. Many of these have strongholds in Cumbria.

Peat habitats are very slow to form, taking about 1,000 years per metre depth; however they are quick to erode once damaged. Damaged wetlands leak carbon, locked away for millennia within their peat soils, back into the atmosphere. They pollute water courses and support much reduced levels of biodiversity. Large areas of blanket bog as well as upland fens, flushes and swamps in Cumbria have been damaged through inappropriate management.

The Cumbria Peat Partnership will actively support the restoration and better stewardship of peat land habitats with the aim of delivering Flood Risk Management, Biodiversity, Water Resources, Water Quality, Carbon Storage and Water Framework Directive benefits.

Key Objectives

The formation of the CPP began in spring 2012. Its key objectives are that -

By 2020 we will:

  1. Seek to achieve favourable management conditions of 2020ha of Peat land habitat in Cumbria.
  2. Improve connectivity of Peat land habitats for the benefit of flagship species in Cumbria.

Work so far

Surveys are currently being carried out of potential restoration sites, following a detailed mapping exercise of the available peat habitat in the Lake District National Park and areas of high restoration potential.

This will help us to identify areas of erosion and help us to define where best to focus our resources.


Representatives from the following organisations will form the membership of the partnership:

Download a copy of the Terms of Reference of the CPP

If you would like to find out more about the Cumbria Peat Partnership and its work please contact Neil Harnott at Cumbria Wildlife Trust:

If you would like to know more about Cumbria Wildlife Trust's Peatland Restoration project please visit our project pages.

Cumbria GeoConservation Group

Formerly known as the RIGS group, this special interest group of CWT designates and interprets Local Geological Sites, formerly known as RIGS.

Regionally Important Geological and Geomorphological Sites (RIGS), designated by locally developed criteria, are currently the most important places for geology and geomorphology outside statutorily protected land such as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

The designation of RIGS is one way of recognising and protecting important Earth science and landscape features for future generations to enjoy.

The concept of RIGS was first initiated by the Nature Conservancy Councils (NCC) publication Earth Science Conservation in Great Britain – A Strategy (1990).

RIGS sites started life as SSSIs denotified after the Geological Conservation Review (1977-1990). The statutory agencies wished to secure their conservation in another form.

RIGS sites are those which, whilst not benefiting from national statutory protection, are nevertheless regionally or locally representative sites where '.... consideration of their importance becomes integral to the planning process' according to the Earth Science Conservation Strategy (ESCS).

Further information about local geology and RIGS in Cumbria can be obtained from Cumbria GeoConservation Group


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