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Nature Reserves in West Cumbria

West Cumbria, “The Lake District’s Coast”, has a wide range of nature reserves, both coastal and inland, managed by a variety of agencies including RSPB and the Cumbria Wildlife Trust.

Please be aware that very few nature reserves have visitor centres or facilities. Also many are sensitive sites. You are advised to check the relevant websites carefully before visiting.

See also:
Nature in the North
Where to Go: The West Cumbrian Coast

Cumbria Wildlife Trust

  • Clint’s Quarry, Nr Egremont – Web
  • Eskmeals Dunes, Nr Ravenglass – Web
  • Dubs Moss, Cockermouth – Web

RSPB – Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

  • St. Bees Head, Nr Whitehaven – Web
    (St. Bees Head is also nationally defined as an “Heritage Coast”)
  • Hodbarrow, Millom – Web

For more RSPB reserves see: The RSPB in the North of England

National Nature Reserves

Cumbria has twentyfive national nature reserves most of which are managed by Natural England although some are owned and managed by other agencies such as the National Park. There are two on or near the West Cumbria coast.

  • Hallsenna Moor, Nr Seascale – 24 hectares of peatland – Web
  • High Leys, Nr Whitehaven – 9 hectares of grassland – Web

Local Nature Reserves

Local Nature Reserves are designated by local authorities in collaboration with Natural England, usually owned and managed by those local authorities. There is a long-standing target for each authority to have at least one hectare of local nature reserve per thousand population.

  • Drig Dunes and Gullery, Nr Ravenglass – Muncaster Estates & LDNPA – Web
  • Siddick Pond, Workington – Allerdale Borough Council – Web
  • Harrington Reservoir, Workington – Allerdale Borough Council – Web
  • Millom Ironworks – Copeland BC and Cumbria CC – Web