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Lakes path restoration fund

A fund has been launched to help raise money for the restoration of footpaths across the Lake District.

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Erosion has detrimental effect on wildlife

Massive erosion on a popular footpath in the Lake District Credit: Outdoor conservation

Lake District visitor numbers have increased by around 10% in the last year, according to the National Trust.

The more people who visit the Lakes, the quicker the paths erode, and this has an effect on the wildlife too.

Salmon in the lakes Credit: PA

When paths become heavily eroded they destroy fragile wildlife habitats and threaten some species.

Fish species such as the rare vendance, as well as salmon and trout, are under threat because their spawning grounds are damaged by soil and debris washed off the paths and into lakes and streams.

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