Sensing the WILDNESS, restoring the FUTURE NATURAL


Rising abruptly out of the coastal plain of West Cumbria Ennerdale is one of the most remote of Cumbria valleys and has a distinctive character of its own. There is a sense of tranquillity, ruggedness, self-will, wildness, a feeling more of Scotland or Scandinavia. Wild Ennerdale is one of the UK’s largest wildland partnerships.

It is widely recognised for its partnership working, future natural approach and for pioneering innovative ways of upland management which blur boundaries between forestry and farming. Check out the news from the valley with our latest Newsletter

The Wild Ennerdale partnership invites you to explore this unique valley and experience its special sense of wildness. Wild Ennerdale is excited to be a part of Rewilding Britain and Rewilding Europe.

Wild Nature

On Saturday 6th November COP26  celebrated Nature Day and to coincide with this we released the first of a new series of videos celebrating Wild Ennerdale. With a big thanks to Scotland the Big Picture for filming, editing and publishing our Nature video is a short inspiring video showcasing some of the valleys special nature. Enjoy ......

Beaver Reintroduction

Led by the Wild Ennerdale  vision to restore missing natural processes,  we are  considering reintroducing beavers. The Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber) is a well-studied species capable of providing biodiversity and economic benefits through its natural activities and offers a unique opportunity for Ennerdale.

You can find out more on our dedicated Beaver page.

Beaver Public Engagement Opportunities

We held two online Zoom presentations and one in person drop in event at The Gather in Ennerdale Bridge during October and November 2021. If you missed these you can watch a recording of the online presentation on YouTube or in the window to the right.

We plan to run some more online and in person drop in events in Cleator and Egremont in early 2022. Check back here in January 2022 for the new dates.

If you have any questions about joining these events, get in touch at, or contact Heather Devey (Wild Intrigue) on 07484 214610

Conservation without Borders

It was great to be involved with the Conservation Without Borders team leading up to COP26 in Glasgow. Rachel our Partnership Officer went in front of their camera to explain more about Wild Ennerdale and our approach to natural regeneration.


Somewhere-nowhere projects highlight remarkable environmental spaces and the human stories that are linked with them. The project visited Ennerdale in 2020 and interviewed three people associated with the valley. You can hear their stories below.

Timber Harvesting 26th June

All routes are open. Thank you for your patience over the last 2 years. We have finished the tree harvesting work in the valley however please look out for timber lorries along the forest roads and public road to and from the valley.

Will the felled areas be replanted?

Yes we have already replanted two areas at Crag and Bowness Knott. The remaining felled areas will be replanted over the next couple of years. We will replant with suitable native species such as Scots pine, birch and juniper. In the valley bottom the planting will be open and clumpy to maintain views and encourage a natural riparian woodland to develop.

What about the larch that are going brown?

Sadly, like some other woods in Cumbria, Phytophthora larch disease has reappeared in Ennerdale this Spring. As a result you may see brown or dead trees along the Smithy Beck trail, lake shore and other areas of the valley. We are legally required to fell or kill standing these trees and a buffer around them to try and reduce the spread of the disease. We are developing plans to start this work in the Autumn.

Please check the visitor information signs which will be located and updated at the car parks, main entrances to the valley, and on our Facebook page.

For more information visit our Forest page.

Archaeology Excavation Update

Thanks to Oxford Archaeology we've just published a report that suggests forest clearance of oak trees in Ennerdale may have occurred in the Late Mesolithic period , much earlier than previously thought.

You can read the full report on our Archaeology page.

The Oldest Stonechat in Britain --- well nearly!

In the Spring and Summer of 2020, a breeding bird survey was carried out in the Silvercove Valley. It was expected that one of the species to be encountered on this survey would be stonechat.  Much of the valley is covered in old growth heather, prime nesting habitat for this species. Furthermore, stonechat are known to breed in adjacent locations in the Ennerdale Valley.

It was no surprise that a male was encountered on the first survey on 27/04/20.  Two breeding territories were located over the course of the 3 survey visits and both pairs successfully fledged young.  Read more about The Oldest Stonechat in Britain

Spirit of Place

Through a number of events in 2016 and 2017 we  explored the valley's "Spirit of Place"  and have produced this ebook to share our experiences. The book can also be purchased from the Gather in Ennerdale Bridge.

Stewardship Plan

Our 2018-2028 Stewardship Plan is now approved and available to view. We are now working on actions aimed at delivering the plans objectives.


Check out the news from the valley with our latest Newsletter

European wilding 

Wild Ennerdale is excited to be a member of the European Rewilding Network.  Wild Ennerdale has its own page along with other UK projects such as Knepp and Trees for Life - Restoring the Caledonian Forest

New 40 hectare native tree planting project
Join the wild discussion on facebook
Explore the valley through over 2300 images
Working to restore habitats in the River Ehen?

Other Nearby Landscape Restoration Projects


Wild Haweswater

An exciting partnership between RSPB and United Utilities to restore the Haweswater catchment and encourage people to discover wildlife.



Inspiring Community led rewilding project in the Scottish Lowlands north east of Moffat