Explore the area at Arnside and Silverdale

Arnside Knott is covered with limestone grassland and mixed woodland, which attracts a variety of insects and is especially renowned for butterflies.The area is made up of species-rich limestone grassland, woodland, wet meadow, scree and scrub. There are outstanding views from the summit to the Lake District and Morecambe Bay. sing through.

Scotts pines overlooking wildflowers in meadows & the River Kent's estuarial zone at Arnside Knott, Cumbria
Male natterjack toad at Sandscale Haws

Sandscale Haws Natterjack Toads 

Sandscale Haws National Nature Reserve is home to one of the largest remaining Natterjack Toad populations in the UK. This unique amphibian is well known for the extraordinary chorus of the male toads during the breeding season when the loud rasping calls can be heard up to a mile away on a still night. Numbers of this species declined dramatically during the 20th Century and populations at many sites went extinct over this period. The declines were predominately attributed to habitat loss and today there is an estimated population of just 4000 adults in the country, making our colony of around 1000 adults hugely important in terms of the conservation of this species.