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Restoring Hardknott Forest, Duddon Valley
The restoration of native woodland, peat bogs and other natural habitats at Hardknott Forest in the Duddon Valley has been ongoing since the early 2000s. Through the natural regeneration of tree species such as birch, oak and rowan, with some planting of rarer species like hazel and aspen, the 630-hectare site is becoming the ideal place for a wildlife walk. You could see green and great spotted woodpeckers, bullfinches, barn and tawny owls and if you’re lucky a peregrine falcon.
The last few years have seen a boost to our activities as we gained funding through the Copland Community Fund and Green Recovery Challenge Fund and have been able to employ more staff. You’ll see us running volunteer events and school trips (including Millom School), and looking after the site by repairing walls, planting missing wildflower species and monitoring wildlife such as butterflies and birds. We also run regular events such as wildlife walks and there are opportunities to learn skills such as drystone walling.
We currently have our photographic exhibition on show at Millom Library. It includes a variety of wildlife pictures and some shots of volunteers at work, local school visits and beautiful scenery.
Call into the library to find out more, or look on our website here.
You can also find us on social media.