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From issue:   Issue:   British Wildlife 31.4 April 2020

Balancing culture and nature in the Lake District

By - Malcolm Ausden, Lee Schofield, Danny Teasdale, David Hampson

The Lake District is one of England’s most culturally and ecologically important landscapes, but this landscape has been significantly altered as a result of a number of intensive land-management practices. Lee Schofield, Danny Teasdale, David Hampson, and Malcolm Ausden discuss the influence of sheep-grazing in the Lake District, and two case studies of land-management approaches.

The English Lake District is arguably the UK’s most cherished landscape, receiving more visitors each year than any other UK National Park (National Parks UK 2020). The high cultural value of the Lake District has been recognised by its designation in 2017 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this being based largely on the area’s sheep-farming traditions and landscape (UNESCO 2017).

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"British Wildlife is the pulsating heart of the UK nature conservation movement."

Matthew Oates, National Trust

"The most important and informative publication on wildlife of our times"

Michael McCarthy, The Independent

"Packed with readable, thoughtful, up to date articles; written by ecologists and naturalists for ecologists and naturalists"

Nick Baker, Presenter and Naturalist