Tarn Hows has been a hive of activity this summer. The bank holiday weekend was bursting with visitors
enjoying this classic Lakes spot and our
rangers and volunteers have been busy all summer setting up free activities for
all of our visitors to enjoy. From pond dipping to weekly guided walks, indoor
art to mini-beast hunts, learning how to weave hazel to whizzing around the
tarn on our balance bikes, lots of fun has been happening each week, come rain
By far the most popular activity that has taken place this
summer has been pond dipping. Families have been dipping into our tarn to see
what they could find and learned how to identify the aquatic life here. Water
beetles, water boatman, pond skaters and damselfly nymphs have been found in
abundance but our most popular find (if slightly off-putting) has been that of
many leeches found lurking at the bottom.
Visitors enjoying pond dipping at Tarn Hows
In addition, the use of our trampers has been ever more
popular which allow people of all abilities to enjoy a trip around the tarn. The
teddy-bear like Belted Galloways have of course proved popular with our
visitors as well as the odd sightings of red squirrels and even anotter!
Belted Galloways with a view over Wetherlam and Holme Fell
As for now, the flurry of visitors from the summer is
slowing down and it is now a great time of year to come and enjoy the range of
wildlife that can be seen around the tarn as the leaves turn into their autumn
colours. Tramper hire continues for the next few
months, just call the office to book your slot: 015394 41456.
Hello, my name is Amy and I am the new Long Term Volunteer
here with the South Lakes team. As part of my degree at Aberystwyth University I have
to undertake a placement in a relevant industry to my chosen degree of Countryside
Management and Conservation. Even though I have learned a lot in lectures the
time I spend with the National Trust will be just as important if not more,
putting what I have learned into practice as well as increasing my knowledge of
key practical skills.
Having worked in the Coniston area for the last month I have
now moved over to the Hawkshead side where we are currently extending fences
into Lake Windermere. These fences are not to exclude people from areas of land
(step stiles have been added for access) but instead cattle. Cattle can prevent
natural regeneration of woodlands from occurring by grazing off young shoots
from the trees. Currently the under story of the trees is pretty bare, with the
extension of the fences these shoots will be allowed to grow and an understory
Adding the rails
fences into a lake is not as easy as it seems, firstly working in water is much
harder than working in bare ground as very quickly the water loses its clear
appearance and becomes slightly cloudy with the disturbance of the ground.
Secondly there are many rocks in Lake Windermere, all of which affect how
easily or straight it is to get a post into the ground.
Finally once the posts
are in the ground and up to the wobble test it is time to attach the rails; for
the majority this was the easy task but hammering in water is a new and weird
experience. For this fencing task waders were a must as we all found out!