This website has been funded through the Morecambe Bay Limestone and Wetlands Nature Improvement Area, which is being delivered by the Morecambe Bay Local Nature Partnership. The Nature Improvement Areas are generously supported by DEFRA, DCLG, Natural England, Forestry Commission and the Environment Agency.

The materials and resources available for your use on this website have been funded by DEFRA, Natural England, the Environment Agency, Windermere Reflections through the Heritage Lottery Fund and Cornwall College.

The Environment Agency (EA) is a non-departmental public body, established in 1996 and sponsored by the United Kingdom government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), with responsibilities relating to the protection and enhancement of the environment in England (and until 2013 also Wales).

Natural England is the non-departmental public body of the UK government responsible for ensuring that England’s natural environment, including its land, flora and fauna, freshwater and marine environments, geology and soils, are protected and improved. It also has a responsibility to help people enjoy, understand and access the natural environment.

The Non-native Species Secretariat has responsibility for helping to coordinate the approach to invasive non-native species in Great Britain. We are responsible to a Programme Board which represents the relevant governments and agencies of England, Scotland and Wales.

The South Cumbria Rivers Trust is a Registered Charity (no. 1114682) whose purpose is to protect, conserve and rehabilitate the aquatic environments of South Cumbria. The main rivers in our area are the Kent, Leven, Bela, Crake and Duddon as well as the many smaller rivers. We also have some significant still waters in our area including Windermere, Coniston, Grasmere, Rydal, and Esthwaite.

The West Cumbria Rivers Trust is an environmental charity working to preserve and improve the wildlife and habitats of rivers, lakes and the surrounding countryside in West Cumbria.

The Eden Rivers Trust is the only charity dedicated to the conservation and protection of the River Eden, its tributaries and its surrounding countryside.

The Lune Rivers Trust is a charity dedicated to the conservation, protection, rehabilitation and improvement of the River Lune throughout its whole length and its associated tributaries in Cumbria, Yorkshire and North Lancashire.

The Cumbria Biological Data Network is a partnership of organisations that compile and use biological data. Such information is essential to managing the natural environment and to assist planners in retaining and enhancing local biodiversity. The Network has assisted in the establishment of a Local Biological Records Centre at Tullie House Museum, Carlisle.

Synergy 3 Ltd designed this website. Synergy 3 Ltd is an innovating young company which formed in 2012. It is run by Adam Corrie who is responsible for graphic design and marketing. Richard Corrie joined the company in 2013 and is in charge of music production.

Custard have designed all of our branded materials and graphics. Custard is a creative and innovative graphic design and illustration service based in the Lake District.

Lake District Photographer Thomas Beecham kindly supplied us with photographs to use on our site.

Windermere Reflections – Linking Lakes, Landscapes & Lives – is a Heritage Lottery Funded 3 year Landscape Partnership Scheme. We will work with the whole community (locals and visitors) to encourage positive action for the Windermere catchment. There are 19 projects running, all delivering improvements to the catchment. They include on the ground conservation work, information provision, training and volunteering opportunities, learning opportunities and the chance to celebrate and appreciate our environment. The programme brings together all kinds of people with different skills, knowledge and understanding. It’s a partnership working together towards a healthier catchment. It has four core partner organisations; the National Trust, the Lake District National Park, the University of Cumbria and the Environment Agency. For further information on the programme contact Liz Davey on 07833 360131 or or see

The Educational Resource Pack for primary schools has been developed by Cornwall College. Materials were developed by SINNG members Suzie Kenny, Peter McGregor, Nicola Morris, Elaine Roll and Tracey Twomey. This resource was funded through the Morecambe Bay Limestone and Wetlands Nature Improvement Area.