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.
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.
We love welcoming you to Ennerdale but please follow government coronavirus guidelines when planning your visit
You must stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms or are self isolating.
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.
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.