Farming and Nature Recovery

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Welcome to Farming and Nature Recovery in the Lake District National Park

At the Lake District National Park, we take care of our flora and fauna and our unique landscape in a number of ground breaking ways.

We work with our partners and communities and particularly through farming led nature recovery, on a range of projects to ensure that our habitats and species are protected, become more resilient and adaptable to the impacts of climate change.

On this section, discover our nature recovery plan, learn about our wildlife and national nature reserves, and find out about funding opportunities for farmers and landowners.

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Delivering on nature recovery

Future choices about how we manage land are critical to addressing climate change and biodiversity loss. Our support of nature-friendly farming plays a key role in creating cleaner water, healthier soils and resilience to floods and drought. Nature Recovery Plan


Climate action

Our vision as inspirational sustainable development in action, means development for local communities and visitor experience needs to be balanced with our response to effects of climate change, achieving net zero and ensuring nature recovery.

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Our wildlife

Our Park is home to species of European and national importance. From dormouse, otter, bats, and great crested newts, to Atlantic salmon, red squirrel, osprey and deer. Check out our Wildlife page on the Learning section


National Nature Reserves

National Nature Reserves are key places for wildlife and natural features and help protect the most significant areas of habitat and of geological features in our Park. Discover Bassenthwaite Lake, our national nature reserve near Keswick. Bassenthwaite Nature Reserve

Traditional Woodland - Lake District National Park

Woodland Creation

Trees and woodlands provide character and appeal to our landscape and shelter for livestock, improve soils, give opportunities for farm diversification and farm productivity, as well as income generation through agroforestry and timber. We provide information and funding advice on tree planting. Woodland Creation


Farming has a vital part in the Park's future, evolving to continue to deliver high-quality produce and a healthy environment. We support farming led nature recovery with a range farming strategies and opportunities for farmers, other land managers and landowners. Farming and Farming in Protected Landscapes

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Planning for nature recovery, how we deliver more for nature across the Park.
Eden Catchment - Nutrient Neutrality North West

Nutrient Neutrality

Our team, ecologists and project managers work to identify and promote practical mitigation options for four Nutrient Neutrality catchments and delivery of Local Planning Authorities’ spatial strategies to enable unlocking of planning without unacceptable impacts upon nature conservation interests. Nutrient Neutrality

Houses below Silver How in Grasmere copyright Helen Reynolds

Biodiversity Net Gain

Our team, ecologists and project managers work to deliver minimum 10% Biodiversity Net Gain on relevant developments in the Park. Biodiversity Net Gain