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2013 Hutton Roof Fell Race & Country Fair

Hutton Roof Fell Race and Country Fair

Hutton Roof Fell Race and Country Fair

“This Saturday is our Fell Race at Hutton Roof, weather forecast is looking in our favour so why not come along. For those of you which came 2 years ago the Hen Racing is BACK this year and along with many other things to see and do. There is a free car park which we ask for a donation, it is located across the road from the church.” Andrew Newton

Come along and enjoy or take part, it is always fun for the whole family. Need a cottage try http://tinyurl.com/c8oya9v

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Keen-sponsored hill clean-up will take place in Peak and Lake District’s

John McHale, Reporter

Outdoor enthusiasts are being offered the chance to clean up the environment and join in action pursuits for a second year.

The Respect the Mountains Envirotrek Mountain Clean-Up sponsored by outdoor brand Keen, will this year take place at two venues.

A June clean-up in the Peak District will be followed a week later in the Lake District.

Clean up participants from a p-revious Envirotrek event
Clean up participants from a previous Envirotrek event

Participants will join in the clean-up in the morning and then will be provided with lunch before enjoying their choice of outdoor activities.

The Peak District event will be based at Castleton and the Lakeland one at Keswick.

A Keen spokesperson said: “Group leaders are allocated and all participants will be provided with cleaning and safety equipment and fully briefed with a safety talk.

“The clean-up finishes at around 12.30pm, with volunteers being rewarded for their mornings’ efforts with a hearty lunch – soup and bread in Lake District, a barbecue in the Peak – on the hillside.

“Participants get to spend the remainder of the afternoon enjoying a range of fun outdoor pursuits organised by the Envirotrek leaders. In the Peak District this will include caving, climbing, rope activities and a ridge walk, whilst the Keswick event will feature climbing, canoeing and gill scrambling.

“There’s also a chance to win some great prizes including Keen footwear and gifts for the quirkiest litter found on the hill, with the day’s event closing at approximately 4pm.”

The English gatherings are part of a series of mountain clean-up events held across various European mountain destinations since 2009 including Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and France.

The Keen spokesperson said: “With an estimated 16 million visitors to the Lakes and an incredible 22 million scheduled to visit the Peak District this year alone, the environmental footprint is considerable and so popular mountain destinations are becoming increasingly in need of on-the-ground action to clear them of waste in order to maintain their natural beauty and enjoyment for generations to come.

“Envirotrek helps to address this need, drawing together tourists, local communities and businesses to give something back to their environment while enjoying some playtime in the great outdoors.

“Through last year’s Envirotrek initiatives, more than 750kg of rubbish was cleared in 1,000 hours across five European countries.”

Anyone interested in taking part should register online at the Respect the Mountains or Keen websites.

The clean-ups will take place on 16 and 23 June.

An entrance fee of £9 is payable locally on the day. Children with a responsible adult are welcome; the fee for ages up to 12 is £4.50.

Keen said if you bought a pair of Keen footwear since August 2012 registration is free.

More details are on the two websites.

News & Star | News | Cumbrian bike, hike and canoe challenge raises £6,000 for NSPCC

Cumbrian bike, hike and canoe challenge raises £6,000 for NSPCC

A ‘chasing the sun’ charity challenge raised more than £6,000 for the NSPCC in Cumbria.

The inaugural event, held in the heart of the Lake District, saw competitors from across the UK take part in a hike, canoe and bike ride.

They all completed the course between the sun rising and setting on April 20.

The challenge started at the crack of dawn with off-road mountain biking around Derwentwater – 25 miles in total – followed by a trek up Catbells to enjoy the view, before an eight-mile hike downhill. From there, participants canoed one mile back to awaiting bikes before cycling to the finish line.

More than £6,000 was raised for the NSPCC locally.

Among those who took part were Penrith-based Team Hip Hop, comprising Nick Hall, 18, and Andy Bremner, 19. They are both Lake District National Park apprentices working near Keswick, and were among the fastest to complete the challenge in around six and a half hours. Between them they raised nearly a £1,000.

Andy said: “I really enjoyed the variety this event offered – it was a real challenge.  I’ve never done anything like this before but I would definitely do it again.”

via News & Star | News | Cumbrian bike, hike and canoe challenge raises £6,000 for NSPCC.

Lambing Season Continues in the Lake District

Newborn Lamb resting after delivery

Saw this sight on the way to work – a newborn lamb still struggling to find its feet.

The lambs this year have been very staggered with some having grown quite big already, yet more are still being born. A nice sight especially when the birthing happens so near to the walkway.

Howrahs newborn lamb unable to stand yet
Newborn Lamb

Scottish invaders force ospreys out of Bassenthwaite nest

Scottish invaders force ospreys out of Bassenthwaite nest

By Victoria Brenan

The Scottish have invaded Cumbria – and they’ve ruffled a few feathers. A new pair of breeding ospreys have flown into Bassenthwaite, near Keswick, and forced the previous pair out of the nest.

Bird watchers at the Lake District site said the new female, which is ringed, has been traced to Inverness, where she hatched four years ago.

“The two extra ospreys were seen flying over the nest and our [original] young couple last Wednesday,” a spokesman for the Lake District Osprey Project said.

“This upset them tremendously and the female spent a lot of the day jumping off and on the nest, screaming and dancing. It was difficult to see what her partner was doing – chasing or flying with the other pair.

“At one point there was a merry-go-round of ospreys whirring in dizzying circles around the tree and over the adjoining field.”

He said the Scottish invasion appeared to have been successful and forced the first pair of birds – which arrived last month – out of the nest.

The new birds have now been seen for several days in the nest, with the male bringing the female fish. The original birds tried a few ‘dive bomb’ raids on them, he said, “raking at them with talons out”. But it failed to dislodge them.

Because the female bird is ringed she has been traced to Inverness, where she was born in 2009 and named White KL. She has also been seen in Senegal, in 2011 and 2012, by the Rutland osprey team. The male bird is smaller and has similar markings to the original male.

The Lake District Osprey Project is now in its 12th year, after being launched in 2001 when conservationists noticed that ospreys were using what they called a ‘service station’ at Dodd Wood and decided to encourage them to breed.

Supported by the RSPB, the National Park and the Forestry Commission, the project was a success from the start.

More than 100 volunteers monitor the birds 24 hours a day, keeping them safe from egg thieves, vandals and disruption.

Thousands of people visit the viewing points each year, boosting the local economy by £3 million.

via News & Star | News | Scottish invaders force ospreys out of Bassenthwaite nest.

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BBC News – Lake District ospreys: new pair at Bassenthwaite

Lake District Ospreys: new pair at Bassenthwaite

Bassenthwaite ospreys

The birds have been identified as a new pair

A pair of Ospreys has set up home in the Lake District, with experts hoping for a 13th breeding season.

The birds are thought to be different to ones which have nested at the site in previous years.

A total of 24 chicks have been raised near Bassenthwaite since 2001, when ospreys returned to the area after an absence of more than 150 years.

The Lake District Osprey Project (LDOP) said it would be “fantastic” if more arrived.

Distinctive markings

Nathan Fox, of the LDOP, said: “We are really excited to have these two birds at the nest site.

“It’s interesting they are different birds to previous years.

“The female is unringed and we believe she is a different bird, but the male, who is also unringed, is definitely a new visitor here as he has distinctive markings.”

The Lake District Osprey Project is managed by a partnership of the Forestry Commission, Lake District National Park Authority and the RSPB.

Volunteers provide 24-hour nest protection, and staff the viewpoint at Dodd Wood and the Whinlatter Visitor Centre, where there are plans to screen live “nest-cam” pictures.

via BBC News – Lake District ospreys: new pair at Bassenthwaite.