About Leader's landscape training:
Landscape is our support system without which we could not exist.
Everyone depends on landscape for food, water, fuel and clean air.
A beautiful and diverse landscape with a wealth of wildlife and human history inspires and enriches our lives and provides a ‘natural health service’ for mind and body. But our fragile landscapes are under threat as never before, not least from climate change, and our challenge is to understand, support and enhance them.
Leader’s Landscape Training is aimed at outdoor practitioners to help deepen your understanding of Cumbria’s landscapes and enable you to pass on your new-found knowledge to those with whom you work.
Cumbria has some of the darkest skies in the country, where people are still able to see the spectacular, natural wonders of the stars above.
Dark skies are integral to the tranquillity and distinctiveness of the great landscapes of the Lake District and Cumbria. They are not just important for stargazers and astronomers, but also for wildlife. Around 50% of animals are nocturnal – following the light of the moon and stars, so light pollution can disrupt their feeding and breeding behaviour.
Friends of the Lake District have begun an exciting Dark Skies project in 2019 to gain internationally recognised ‘Dark Skies Reserve’ status for the Lake District National Park, to help protect this darkness.
Being out in the fells at night is a great opportunity to see and experience the landscape and wildlife in a whole new way, but it also brings a whole new set of experiences and challenges. Whether as a planned adventure, or emergency strategy, being able to navigate confidently and safely is very useful and rewarding skill.
This session will open your eyes to the joys, pitfalls and experiences of being out at night.
The session will walk out onto Askham Fell, Heughscar Hill.
Askham community centre, Greencroft (next to swimming pool)
What to bring:
A picnic lunch & clothing/footwear for all weathers. (Please note there is no indoor backup venue so the sessions will go ahead in poor weather unless unreasonable or unsafe to do so)
This workshop is hosted and organised by Friends of the Lake District (Tutor: Joe Faulkner, NAV4 Adventure)