Barkbooth Lot Nature Reserve

Cottongrass Seed Heads By Graeme DougalBarkbooth Lot is undulating fell land. Within the reserve are small wetlands and tarns as well as rock outcrops. The reserve was once oak woodland but was denuded during the 18th century when oak bark was used for leather tanning.

In the grassland area are betony, wild thyme, knapweed, moonwort, adder's-tongue fern, termentil common, and the ever present bracken.

Wild Thyme By Charles WinpennyThe wetland areas are the perfect habitat for broadleaved pond weed, bogbean, and cotton grass. Dragonflies and the red and blue damselflies thrive in the wet areas. Glow worms and leeches (medicinal ones) are also found here.

Birds on the reserve are the yellowhammer, redstart, and tree pipit. Butterflies include the high brown, pearl bordered, and dark green fritillaries. They like the bracken for breeding purposes. Violets provide food for the butterflies in the caterpillar stage.

In 2009 Barkbooth Lot Nature Reserve doubled in size. The grassland part of the nature reserve was first acquired in 1975 but last year the adjoining woodland also came under management. To help visitors around the wildlife area, a new leaflet has been printed. The leaflet gives directions on getting there, how to get around and shows all the amazing wildlife that can be there. You can pick up a copy from the Trust's office at Plumgarths, near Kendal.

Yellowhammer Singing By Tony RichardsLocation: near Winster; A5074 to Crosthwaite; south of Winster take sharp right hand turn on to minor road; turn left at junction after 1km; park on verge.

More information about Barkbooth Lot Nature Reserve; email: mail@cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk

Photos courtesy of Tony Richards , Charles Winpenny and Graeme Dougal

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