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Langdale Forest project

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A successful bid to the Environment Agency’s Water Framework Directive project fund has resulted in the National Park receiving £24,000 to carry out habitat improvement work in partnership with the Forestry Commission and National Trust over three years in Crosscliff and Landgdale Forest.

Black Beck, Crosscliff Beck and Grain Beck which run through this area are currently failing for ‘fish’ under the Water Framework Directive and therefore the Environment Agency are keen to see works done on this catchment to improve habitat and water quality for fisheries improvement. Through the installation of woody debris dams, tree thinning and scrub clearance it is hoped that the status of the watercourse will improve from ‘poor’ to ‘moderate’.

The habitat improvements are not only important for fish, but water voles and small pearl bordered fritillary butterfly (BAP species) will also benefit. The National Park Authority are coordinating the delivery of the project with the Forestry Commission and National Trust who own the majority of the land in the project area.

We have carried out a substantial amount of habitat work on Forestry Commission land in Langdale Forest which should benefit water quality, water voles and small pearl-bordered fritillary. In the future we will continue with habitat improvements on Forestry Commission land and will also be starting on Thompsons Rigg which is owned by the National Trust.