ECSS Field week in Cumbria

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Ecology and Conservation Studies Society: Field Week in Cumbria

Leaders: Dr Brian Ferry and Dr Stephen Waters

12th - 19th July 2014

The field week to Cumbria, organised by the Ecology and Conservation Studies Society (ECSS), will allow Fellows to explore a region rich in habitats of upland Britain, in the south-east Lake District amongst its fells and gills.From the ECSS centre in Ambleside there will be access to a high concentration of nature reserves within a twenty mile radius, mostly in the Lake District but some in the western Pennines, just across the M6.Habitats include upland oak woodlands, upland heaths and mires, wetlands, grasslands and superb areas of limestone pavement.There will be an emphasis on plants, including bryophytes and lichens, but invertebrates and birds also, both groups represented by species we do not routinely see in south-east England.

Accommodation has been arranged in single en suite rooms at the Ambleside campus of Cumbria University. The rooms are self catering with 1 kitchen for 10 rooms. We have one study room in addition, WiFi and car parking. There might be available, possibly at a different cost, some twin or double accommodation or singles with shared washing facilities. Ambleside can be reached by train to Windermere with bus the last few miles. The route by car is straightforward, via the motorway network then into The Lakes on A roads.The anticipated cost is £320 for the accommodation and facilities, two expert leaders and transport during the week. The major additional costs for individuals are meals and transport to and from Ambleside. There are 25/30 places available. When sending your deposit please would you give you preference on type of accommodation, single en suite, single shared washing facilities, twin or double. We will try to meet your wishes but that might not be possible.

Places can reserved by sending a £50 deposit (cheques made out to ECSS) to Pam Schwarz, 24 Oaker Avenue, West Didsbury, Manchester M20 2XH by the end of April.