National nature reserves in Cumbria

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National nature reserves in England were established by English Nature, now Natural England, which manages them either directly or through non-governmental organisations such as the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds or the National Trust.

There are 25 national nature reserves in Cumbria,[1] including the large Moor House-Upper Teesdale reserve which is shared with County Durham.

All national nature reserves include all or part of a named Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Moor House-Upper Teesdale is also a Biosphere reserve.

Types of habitat[edit]

A number of the reserves are bogs (often called "moss" in local dialect), a type of habit which the European Union is keen to protect.[2] Bassenthwaite Lake, one of the largest lakes in the English Lake District, is a habitat for the Osprey.

  • Limestone pavements

Whitbarrow and Park Wood are limestone habitats.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Cumbria's National Nature Reserves - GOV.UK". Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  2. ^ "European Commission | United Kingdom".
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x "National Nature Reserves in England - GOV.UK". Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Cumbria's National Nature Reserves".