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April 2009

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Goosander on water

Ullswater 'Steamers' Float a Plan for the Birds

Environmentally aware and accredited cruise company, Ullswater 'Steamers' has floated a plan to further support wildlife and biodiversity in the stunning Ullswater valley.
The 'Steamers' are laying on two special RSPB-sponsored cruises, on May 9 and June 20, combining a wildlife cruise with a choice of guided walk.
Each day will begin with a two-hour sail from Glenridding to Pooley Bridge, departing at 10am. RSPB experts will be present on the boats to point out any wildlife and highlight the work of the Society. On arrival, passengers can choose to head off on either an RSPB led 'Woodland Wander', or 'River Ramble'.
Following both walks, passengers will sail back to Glenridding, perhaps participating in a bit of bird bingo en route!
The RSPB's Matthew Capper says: "We are delighted to be working with Ullswater 'Steamers' to raise money and awareness for RSPB projects within the Lake District. People have an enormous interest in wildlife and we are trying to preserve habitats and raise awareness of some of our rarer species, which a lot of people do not realise they can see in the UK."
"Participants should see a range of species, from ducks and geese on the lake, to nuthatches and treecreepers in the woodland. With a bit of luck we may even add iconic species, like Red Squirrel and Peregrine Falcon, that make the Lake District so special."
Ullswater 'Steamers' Rachel Bell says: "These RSPB cruises have been added to our schedule as part of our on-going commitment to nature protection and appreciation within the beautiful Ullswater valley. Our programme includes Squirrel Cruises in support of 'Save Our Squirrels' and visitor payback schemes contributing funds to the Tourism and Conservation Partnership."
Tickets cost £12 for an adult and £6 for a child. RSPB members receive a discount and under 5s are free. Passengers need a packed lunch and should wear sensible clothing and footwear. For more details and to book, call 017684 82229.