Cumbria's woodlands are home to so much wildlife that it is difficult to do it justice in just a few lines.
A close-up of some bluebells in full bloom
A black and yellow butterfly resting on a purple flower

From the internationally rare wooded limestone pavements such as Hutton Roof and Gaitbarrows to the "Atlantic Rainforest" of Borrowdale, and the high percentage of ancient semi-natural woodland with its coppice management heritage and nationally important strongholds for rare butterflies, Cumbria's woodlands are very special. Some woodlands are in deep gorges with rare bryophytes and beautiful waterfalls, others have spectacular displays of spring flowers such as wild daffodils and bluebells.

The southern Lake District is the northern limit of the secretive and sleepy dormouse as well as being home to the only known native red deer herd in England. There are otters and pine martins, red kites and ospreys, orchids and even a tree species found only on the limestones of Morecambe Bay - the Lancaster Whitebeam.

There is still so much we have to learn about this wealth of wildlife in order to secure its future, and one way that we can help to do that is by managing the county’s woodlands effectively; creating and enhancing wildlife habitats for generations to come.

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