On our doorstep: Foulshaw Moss nature reserve

By 7th February 2022News, wildlife
Ulpha Meadow

Our natural world is in trouble and wildlife is disappearing at an alarming rate and it’s crucial that we all continue to make more space for nature.  We’re fortunate in Cumbria to have many organisations working hard to stand up for wildlife and create wildlife havens.

The Cumbria Wildlife Trust is the only voluntary organisation devoted solely to the conservation of the wildlife and wild places of Cumbria, including Foulshaw Moss.

Foulshaw Moss is one of three SSSi’s (Site of Special Scientific Interest) along with Nichols and Meathop moss. They form part of nationally important nature reserve,  only one mile away from us, and can be accessed on foot or use the car access track off the A590.

This important place is home to a returning pair of breeding Ospreys, and you can watch from the web-cam here when it opens again in the Spring.  In the meantime, enjoy some of the recorded footage of the ospreys or read a Foulshaw Ospreys blog here.

The Moss is also home to dragonflies, butterflies, adders and otters, and many migrating birds.


Otter c Andy Rouse

The Secret Side of Foulshaw Moss

You can explore Foulshaw this year on a series of events being run by the Wildlife Trust – on Saturday mornings from February to May. This experience is led by the Nature Reserve and Education officer, Danni Chalmers. Expect to spend around 2.5 hours, which may vary slightly depending on which wildlife decides to appear!  You’ll enjoy hot or cold refreshments, and access to the hidden hide. £35 each.  Book Here

You may have seen the Moss appearing on a couple of telly shows this year:

Simon Reeves, The Lakes, Episode 2 – 51.04 minutes in.

Chris & Meg’s Wild Summer – by the BBC Natural History Unit

Secret side of Foulshaw c Steve Finch

Head over for a visit, Foulshaw is an amazing place.

View the Barn accommodation here.




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