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  • Wildlife Trust supports voluntary fishing ban at St Bees to protect breeding seabirds

    Monday 29th January, 2018

    Razorbills. Photo: Alice Trevail

    Cumbria Wildlife Trust is supporting the North Western Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (NWIFCA) to encourage fishers in Cumbria to protect local seabirds, such as guillemots and razorbills, by signing up to a voluntary ban on placing fishing nets off St Bees headland during the nesting season.

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  • Beautiful stingers reach North West beaches

    Friday 3rd November, 2017

    Portuguese Man-o-War washed up on Walney Island. Photo: Mike Davis

    This autumn has seen the highest number of Portuguese Man-o-War strandings for years. These beautiful jellyfish-like creatures have been washing up on beaches in the South West in their thousands but until now had only been seen as far north as Pembrokeshire in Wales and Dublin, Ireland.

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  • Grey seal pupping season has started in the North West

    Friday 13th October, 2017

    For the third year running, a grey seal pup has been born at South Walney Nature Reserve, on Walney Island, Cumbria

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  • Grow your own marine conservationists

    Thursday 31st August, 2017

    If you can't find marine conservationists with practical ability, technical knowledge and soft skills, train your own! For six years Cumbria Wildlife Trust and The Wildlife trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside have done exactly that.

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  • Make a pledge to love your sea

    Tuesday 25th July, 2017

    The wildlife of the Irish Sea is in urgent need of our protection – and everyone can do their bit. That is the message that must hit home during National Marine Week.

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  • Aerial view of seal pup birth at South Walney Nature Reserve

    Friday 25th November, 2016

    Grey seal born at South Walney Nature Reserve November 2016

    Thanks to the latest drone technology, staff at Cumbria Wildlife Trust are able to monitor the grey seal colony at South Walney Nature Reserve, located on Walney Island which lies just off the south-west coast of Cumbria, more effectively but yesterday there was a special treat in store for them.

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  • Visitors at South Walney Wading Bird Festival get creative

    Thursday 10th November, 2016

    Turnstone by Keith Grafton, photography competition winner at Walney Wader Fest

    This great image of a turnstone - a wading bird that can be found flipping over stones on our gravel beaches - was captured by Keith Grafton at the Walney Wader Festival recently. It brought him first prize in the photography competition, one of the highlights of the two-day festival at South Walney Nature Reserve.

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  • First grey seal breeding colony in the North West of England?

    Thursday 3rd November, 2016

    Second grey seal pup spotted at Cumbrian reserve

    A second grey seal pup has been born at South Walney Nature Reserve in Cumbria. Could we be seeing the establishment of the first grey seal breeding colony in the North West of England?

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  • Wading bird festival to take place at South Walney Nature Reserve

    Friday 21st October, 2016

    Sanderling by Neil Aldridge

    Whether you want to try your hand at wildlife painting or photography, learn about Cumbria’s grey seals or hone your wading bird ID skills – there is something for everyone at the first ever Walney Wader Festival.

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  • First seal pup of the year at South Walney Nature Reserve

    Wednesday 12th October, 2016

    This year's first seal pup on South Walney

    For the second year running, a grey seal pup has been born at South Walney Nature Reserve, on Walney Island.

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