Geltsdale Farm is a working hill farm located within Geltsdale nature reserve in Cumbria. The ambition of the project is to recover nature, and to minimise the amount of management intervention and input required on the site through active restoration and natural regeneration.
The site is being managed for nature within the context of a commercial hill farm, and continues to produce high quality meat.
Ring ouzel and curlew monitoring is undertaken by RSPB staff and breeding whinchat monitoring is conducted by volunteers.
The majority of the project is open land, providing high quality recreational opportunities to local people.
A reduction in sheep grazing was the main intervention on the site, to be replaced with low density grazing animals including Luing cattle.
Roe deer control is an on-going requirement to encourage natural regeneration of woodland habitats. Some heather cutting is undertaken for black grouse, however this intervention is decreasing. Active peat bog restoration has been undertaken, including drain blocking and re-wetting.
- To enable natural processes to thrive across the site increasing the abundance of birds and other wildlife.
The Rewilding Network
Geltsdale Farm is part of our Rewilding Network, the go-to place for projects across Britain to connect, share and make rewilding happen on land and sea.
More about Geltsdale Farm
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