Case study:Eycott Hill

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Location: 54° 39' 36", -2° 56' 8"
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Status In progress
Project web site http://www.therrc.co.uk/sites/default/files/projects/38_eycotthill.pdf
Themes Flood risk management, Habitat and biodiversity, Hydromorphology
Country England
Main contact forename Stephen
Main contact surname Cumbria Wildlife Trust
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Contact organisation Cumbria Wildlife Trust
Contact organisation web site http://www.cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk/
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Cumbria Wildlife Trust purchased the Eycott Hill Nature Reserve near Penrith (Photo 1 and Map 1) in April 2015. The reserve consists of important mire habitats, in amongst some less interesting areas of upland grassland. The aim of conservation management on the reserve is to create a more diverse mosaic of better quality upland habitats that will support a greater range of wildlife. This will result in a mixture of wetlands, mires, grasslands, woodlands, scrub and hay meadows along with a section of restored river. The grazing on the reserve has been changed from intensive sheep grazing to an extensive, all year round, low intensity system with hardy native breed cattle. After a relatively short time changes can already be seen in the vegetation, which has become much more complex in structure. Other conservation work has included extensive tree planting and the blocking of artificial drainage channels. In 2017, a section of canalised river will be restored. As well as the biodiversity benefits, the conservation management on the reserve should have wider environmental benefits including reducing flood risk and improving water and carbon storage. Conservation management work at Eycott Hill will produce a more varied, complex mosaic of habitats that will be richer in wildlife, while slowing down and reducing the flow of water into part of the Derwent catchment. This catchment has suffered severe flooding in recent years and has several communities at risk including Keswick and Cockermouth.

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Project started 2014
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Total cost (k€) £111k
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Funding sources Higher Level Stewardship, WREN, Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)

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