• Hay-Day Walks

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    Discover more about Cumbria's upland hay meadows and the work being done to restore them on the Hay-Day walks.

    Hay-Day Walks

  • Protecting Wildlife For The Future

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    Help Cumbria Wildlife Trust conserve the wildlife and wild places of Cumbria for the future.

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Bird Nesting

Bird Nesting

With binoculars not readily available, and with the increasing interest in the natural world, Oology (egg collecting) became increasingly popular in Britain and the US during the 1800s. The collection of the eggs of wild birds by amateurs was considered a respectable scientific pursuit until the mid 20th Century; it was a popular hobby amongst both children and adults and in some cases big collections were built up and collectors traded eggs. Some bird eggs were also collected during and after the war to supplement incomes. The Wild Birds Protection Act 1954 in the UK made it illegal to collect eggs.