A diverse wildlife experience

The still waters of Buttermere © Emily McCloy

The still waters of Buttermere

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

Blanket bogs

Discover Whiteoak Moss, South of Loweswater, home for over a millenia to specialist plant species.

Wildlife at Loweswater

We take a keen interest in restoring the ecological quality of Loweswater, which has been impacted by human activity.

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.

Buttermere and Crummock water

Great depths, cool temperatures and low nutrient levels give Buttermere and Crummock Water incredible clarity and an ideal home for hardy species, reliant on chilly, clear water.

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.

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The Whitehaven Coast wildlife blog

Keep up to date with what's going on in the area

Keep up to date with what's going on in the area

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.

Click here to visit our wildlife page (external link)