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Motorcycle collision in Grizedale Forest

The aircraft at the scene. Credit: GNAAS

Two men are in critical condition, after a motorcycle collision in Grizedale Forest.

The Great North Air Ambulance Service was called to the accident, which happened when the off-road bikes collided at around 3pm on Sunday, 10 May.

Two aircraft arrived at the scene to treat the two male bikers, who are thought to have been in their twenties.

They had both suffered serious head injuries, and were anaesthetised and given blood.

One man was taken to Royal Preston Hospital. The second patient was flown to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.


Good news for red squirrels in Grizedale

A red squirrel conservation project has been hailed as a success- one year on.

The Westmorland Red Squirrel Society's 'Grizedale Red Squirrels' have reported that the red squirrels are boasting healthy populations in and around Grizedale Forest, and they are beginning to spread further afield.

A joint effort between the Forestry Commission, Lake District National Park, Cumbria Wildlife Trust, National Trust, Red Squirrels Northern England, Red Squirrel Survival Trust and landowners, hase ensured that the population of red squirrels is not allowed to dwindle.

A grant of almost £50,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund has aso helped with the control of the greys to reduce their threat to the protection and growth of the red species.

"We have been immensely encouraged by the number of red squirrels sighted in the Grizedale area and also by the positive response from everybody involved.

"This is a wonderful example of 'community energy' creating a powerful network to benefit a local wildlife species which was desperately in need of help."

– Jackie Foott, the Project Co-ordinator