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Events at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve this August and September

A series of free events at Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s Eycott Hill Nature Reserve this August and September will allow visitors to enjoy free guided walks and cycle rides, join in with conservation days and learn more about bike maintenance.

On Tuesday 6th August, Tuesday 14th August, Wednesday 20th August and Tuesday 24th September from 10.00am – 3.30pm volunteers can join in with practical tasks during our conservation days. Eycott Hill Nature Reserve is a fantastic upland landscape consisting of wetlands, woodlands and hay meadows. Come along to one of our conservation days and help with bridge building, bracken bashing and plug planting. Wellies or walking boots are recommended for these days, as well as plenty of drinks and a packed lunch.

At 11.00am on Wednesday 7th August there is a guided cycle ride from the historic village of Greystoke to Eycott Hill Nature Reserve. Once at the reserve there will be short talk about what makes this upland nature reserve so special for wildlife and people. Visit the Let’s Ride British Cycling website to book your place – www.letsride.co.uk/rides/to-eycott-hill-nature-reserve-by-bike .

On Saturday 24th August (11:00am) and Tuesday 3rd September (10:00am) free guided walks, lasting approximately two hours, will give an overview of this fantastic upland nature reserve, an introduction to its nationally important geology, and an insight in to the work Cumbria Wildlife Trust has done to make it better for people and wildlife. Donations of £5 per person recommended for these walks. The walks are over varied terrain, wellies or walking boots are recommended.

If your bike has been sat in the shed for a while or you’re not sure where to start with changing an inner tube, come along to our cycle maintenance session on Wednesday 4th September. From 11.00am till 2.00pm pop to the reserve for a free bike safety check and learn some basic bike maintenance, all you need is your bike and lunch!

On Thursday 12th September (10:00am – 1pm) join Geologist John Rodgers to discover how the landscape of Eycott Hill Nature Reserve was shaped by volcanic activity millions of years ago. The walk is over varied terrain, wellies or walking boots are recommended.

Thanks to National Lottery Players, all the events are free of charge, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Booking is essential, please call 01539 816300 or email events@cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk to book your place.

Work at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve is supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund who awarded £1.6 million towards the purchase price and an ongoing five year programme of conservation and activities to benefit wildlife and people. Located between Keswick and Penrith, near to the village of Berrier, Eycott Hill is 216 hectares of exceptionally rich wildlife habitat and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest for the plants in the swamps and mires and its geology. Car parking and entry to the nature reserve is free of charge. For the latest news sign up to the Eycott Hill newsletter at www.cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk/eycott-hill.

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