Landscapes contain a mosaic of habitats all of which have varying degrees of interconnectedness we aim to explore these habitats and reveal the species that are associated with them.

The term ‘wetland’ can be applied to a wide range of habitat types and landscape elements some of them are highlighted here.

  • haweswater-cumbria
  • wetlands
  • rivers-streams
  • shutterstock_25132402
  • cumbria

Lakes and Lochs

Lakes come in all kinds of shapes and sizes and can be found throughout the landscape from mountain tarns to lowland lakes. There are a wide range of types of lake from nutrient rich to nutrient poor and they all have their own suite of associated species and habitat functions.


Ponds are generally less obvious in a landscape but they have their own significant function and range of species.

Reed beds

Reed beds are amazing habitats providing opportunities for a range of species including enigmatic birds like the bittern and the bearded tit. Reed beds vary in size and are associated with a range of landscape features such as lakes, estuaries and lowland floodplain sites.

Fens, swamps, marshes and flushes

Fens, swamps, marshes and flushes can be found across our landscapes sometimes they are subtle features which are not particularly obvious other times they can form quite extensive landscape features. Specialist species are often associated with this suite of habitats with rich botanical interest being a key component.


View Available Wetland Guided Tours