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Fighting for Nature on a Lake District Hill Farm

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We are pleased to announce the return of the annual Spring Lecture! This year, our guest speaker will be Lee Schofield, site manager of RSPB Haweswater, who will be talking about the landscape restoration efforts described in his book ‘Wild Fell: Fighting for Nature on a Lake District Hill Farm’, which was awarded ‘Highly Commended’ in the Conservation category of the James Cropper Wainwright Prize 2022.

In 2015, England’s last and loneliest golden eagle died in an unmarked spot among the remote eastern fells of the Lake District. It was a tragic day for the nation’s wildlife, but the fight for nature recovery had already begun. ‘Wild Fell’ by Lee Schofield is the story of a landmark RSPB project to restore over 3,000 hectares of the Lake District landscape.

In the contested landscape of the National Park, change is not always welcomed; success relies on finding a balance between rewilding and respecting cherished farming traditions. ‘Wild Fell’ is a call to recognise that the solutions for a richer world lie at our feet; by focusing on flowers, we can rebuild landscapes fit to welcome the majestic golden eagle once again.

There will be an opportunity to purchase copies of Lee’s book after the talk.

Booking is not necessary for this event. There will be a small admission fee of £1 per person on the door.