Barkbooth Lot Nature Reserve FeaturedBarkbooth Lot is situated near the head of the Winster Valley and includes rough fell land, oak woodland and meadow. The reserve has been extended recently, doubling its size and staff have worked to repair walls and fences and add gates.
Livestock and deer are kept out of some areas to protect the oak woodland from browsing and allow an under storey of plants to develop. Bluebells carpet the floor of the woodland in spring.
The meadow area is being restored by planting it with native species. Scrub control maintains the open grassland areas that rare butterflies such as the high brown fritillary need. The bracken is controlled in summer to stop it becoming too dominant, and cattle graze the reserve in autumn.
Damselflies and dragonflies are numerous around the tarns on Barkbooth Lot and part of the pond on Low Fell will be dredged to allow more open water.
A new interpretation panel gives visitors information about Barkbooth Lot and a new path system has been created.
location: South Lakes
project delivered by: Cumbria Wildlife Trust