A diverse wildlife experience
The beautiful waters of Buttermere and Ennerdale are exceptionally clear and provide a habitat for special wildlife. Both lakes supply pure water to Cumbria's west coast communities. One of these towns is Whitehaven, which has a Georgian harbour from where coastal paths lead to seabird colonies on the red sandstone cliffs.
The importance of nature
Wild Ennerdale Partnership
The Wild Ennerdale Partnership encourages the landscape to evolve naturally without human intervention and invites you to experience the natural beauty and wildlife of this unique valley.
Wildlife in the Ennerdale Valley
Take the opportunity to see a wide range of wildlife, including the deer, hundreds of bird species, otter, butterflies and red squirrels that make the Ennerdale Valley their home.
The Whitehaven Coast wildlife blog
Let us know what wildlife you have spotted along the colourful coast and discover some of the animal, bird, marine and plant life that inhabit this coastline.