Cumbria is enormously rich
in wildlife, has a tremendous variety of habitats and a huge
variation in climate. It has more SSSI's (about 227) than
any other English county and the greatest area of land (about
140 ha) under SSI notification. The igneous rocks of the central
Lakes are surrounded by bands of slate, limestone and sandstone.
These create soil and vegetation types of great variety, at
heights ranging from over 1000 metres down to sea level. Although
noted for its mountains, lakes, and valleys, Cumbria also
has a long coastline that affords excellent dune systems,
sandstone cliffs, coastal lowland with internationally rare
raised bogs and estuaries of international importance. No
other county has such a diversity of bird habitat for example.
National Nature Reserves
37 Wildlife Trust Reserves
5 Local Nature Reserves
5 RSPB Reserves
34 Woodland Trust Reserves
over 275 SSI's
Over 70 Geological SSSI's.
DISTRIBUTION MAPS FOR CUMBRIAN SPECIES VISIT: