A multi-million pound project designed to return parts of Cumbria's countryside to how it used to be is underway.
Hundreds of years ago some of the county's rivers were straightened to make farming easier.
That work is now being reversed in the hope that it will make a better environment for local wildlife.
Amy Dunsmuir has more:
A multi-million pound project to return parts of the Cumbrian countryside to its natural state is underway.
Hundreds of years ago some of the county's rivers were straightened to expand surrounding land and make farming easier.
Now, a project is underway to reverse that work and improve the surrounding areas for local wildlife.
The work will see some of the original river beds excavated and the river re-routed along them.
Eden Rivers Trust, the Environment Agency and Natural England have been working closely with local landowners and tenant farmers on the project.
The project is set to be finished at the end of the summer.
Maggie Robinson from Natural England explains the benefits of the project:
A photographic exhibition is being held in Cumbria, the subject of which, is some of the world's most dangerous and endangered animals.
What's more, the contributors are some of the world's best wildlife photographers.
Amy Dunsmuir reports:
Experts from across the world are coming to Cumbria today to learn about the region's wetlands.
A special event is being held to showcase the ecotourism these areas create - and their effect on rural tourism.
The country's biggest conservation charity is about to launch the WORLD's most extensive survey of garden wildlife.
The RSPB wants to hear from people spotting wild creatures in their neighbourhoods.
One of the RSPB sites playing a key role is at Geltsdale in Cumbria.
Ryan Dollard reports .
For people living in built up areas or those looking to get out into the wider countryside the RSPB are organising events over the weekend of the 25th-26th of January.
Visitors to Whinlatter Visitor Centre in Keswick and Grizedale Visitor Centre in Ambleside on those days will be able to take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch there as well as learning how to attract more wildlife into their gardens and how to identify the wildlife they see in them.
There will also be an event at Leighton Moss on the 18-19 of January.
You can register to take part in Big Garden Birdwatch 2014 and find out more information about events near you at www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch or call 0300 456 8330.
- House Sparrow
- Blue Tit
- Great Tit
- Coal Tit
- Long Tailed Tit
A major restoration project is starting on the River Leith near Penrith.
The work is trying to reverse historic straightening and widening of the river, to return it to a more natural state.
The work also hopes to improve the river's wildlife population.
Scottish Natural Heritage is warning people visiting the countryside this weekend about the dangers of wildfires.
The hot dry weather means uncontrolled fire could spread quickly across agricultural land and wildlife habitats.
SNH is asking people to be careful with cigarettes and disposable barbecues if they are out enjoying the sunshine.
- Whenever possible, use a stove rather than light an open fire. If you do light one, keep it small and under control, and remove all traces before leaving.
- Avoid lighting fires at all during prolonged dry periods, woods, farmland, peaty ground or near to buildings as fires that get out of control.
- When using a disposable barbeque, put it on a heat-proof surface, such as sand or stones before you light it. Make sure the barbeque is cold before you take it away with the rest of your rubbish.
- Dispose of cigarette butts in bins.
Work to re-build the Borders railway line is now underway, but while bridges are built and tracks are laid, construction workers need to think about protecting the local wildlife.
The track crosses over the River Tweed, which is home to otters, protected fish and a variety of flowers.
Jenny Longden has been visiting the site to find out what is being done to keep them safe: