Aira Force & Ullswater

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Aira Force & Ullswater
Look out for Great spotted woodpecker

Look out for Great spotted woodpecker

Probably the most famous of the Lake District waterfalls, the main force falls 70 feet from below a stone footbridge,set in a landscaped area used as a former victorian pleasure garden.
The site consists of over half a million native and ornamental trees, and an established network of tracks, footpaths and bridges. In 1846 the Howards created an arboretum below Aira Force, planting over 200 specimen conifers (firs, pines, spruces and cedars) from all over the world, including a Sitka Spruce, now 118 feet high.
Aira Force is located in woodland on the north side of Ullswater, about 3 miles along the A592 from Patterdale and about 150 yards from the junction with the A5091. A large car park is situated at this location, offering good parking for a short but beautiful walk up the west bank of the Aira Beck. The return can then be made from there by crossing the stream and following the path back on the opposite bank, but it is better to continue on the same side and make the crossing by the second waterfall. The paths are very clear throughout. There are small bridges top and bottom of Aira Force giving superb viewpoints.

Ullswater itself attracts wildfowl (especially in winter) although viewing is quite difficult.Perhaps the most interesting areas are where the river Eamont joins Ullswater at Pooley Bridge.Aira force has most common woodland birds, including great-spotted woodpecker (left) summer migrants such as pied flycatcher and redstart and fast flowing upland river birds such as grey wagtail and dipper below.

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(White-throated) Dipper (Cinclus cinclus).Thomas Kraft.This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.5 License.Click image for details
Where to Watch Birds North West England & the Isle of ManWhere to Watch Birds North West England & the Isle of Man
This region holds some of the finest upland sites in England, as well as some superb wetlands including Morecambe Bay which holds the largest wader roost in the country.The western coast of Northern England has a good record for attracting nearctic vagrants and the Lake District is the only place in England where Golden Eagles breed.
The guide explores the best birding sites in the area, and several new sites have been added to this revised and updated third edition.Each site is described in terms of habitat,species, access and timing, and the volume is illustrated throughout with line drawings and maps of each site.
Paperback 272pp.3rd edition. Click here for ordering details.....
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