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.
Bees are in decline. Changes in our landuse, intensive farming, climate change, habitat loss and pesticides are some of the threats to healthy populations of pollinators. The combined effect is a loss of pollinator-friendly habitat which results in bees, and other pollinating species, losing the diverse food sources they need for a healthy diet.
It’s vital that bees have enough flowers to forage –and safe places to use for nesting, among vegetation, the soil and hedges. But since the Second World War, we’ve lost 97% of our wildflower meadows, leaving our bees with little natural habitat.
This session will give you the chance to learn more about bees, butterflies and other pollinators and how to identify them.High Borrowdale, owned by Friends of the Lake District, is part of the ‘other’ forgotten Borrowdale and we strive to trial new and different ways of management.
We were one of the first organisations to successfully recreate a new upland hay meadow. Upland hay meadows are hugely important for biodiversity and landscape –and bees and butterflies -as well as being incredibly beautiful places to spend time. We will explore why they are declining, how they can be restored, how management differs to other habitats and if they are something to be worried about.
A6 layby on the road from Kendal to Shap, just south of Hucks Brow (before the big dip and rise up to Shap summit) GR 552 038
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 (Tutors: Dr Jan Darrall – Policy Officer, Friends of the Lake District, and Julia Pigott – www.beeed.org.uk)