Nesting restrictions are now coming into force on many of the popular Lake District crags. Please if you are out climbing, observe all restrictions
Below is the statement from the FRCC:
Bird restrictions in the Lake District are agreed annually between representatives of the Lake District National Park Authority, the Cumbria Raptor Study Group, Natural England, The British Mountaineering Council and the FRCC.
The BMC is responsible for publicity, and the LDNPA for the erection of signs as well as dealing with issues as the season progresses.
Access & Conservation explains the reasons for the restrictions, how they are decided upon, and gives advice to climbers on what to do if they discover that protected birds are nesting on the crag they are visiting.
Please help maintain access by observing these voluntary Bird Restrictions.
In addition a few other restrictions have been listed, where noted these are voluntary, others are at the whim of the land-owner. In all cases negotiations have been made by the Lake District BMC Area Committee and have either resulted in compromise or stalemate.
These restrictions do work: despite adverse weather, many of the protected sites successfully reared chicks last year. As a result of the co-operation of climbers over the years, restrictions on many of the more popular low level crags have been lifted "unless the birds nest" - this is excellent news for climbers, so please continue to support the restrictions. But please also note, that where a crag is unrestricted this does not mean an automatic right to climb. If you suspect that there is a peregrine nesting on a crag, and it is obviously alarmed by your presence, then you should not climb there. Indeed, if you are aware of birds nesting elsewhere, please telephone National Park Ranger Peter Barron on 017687 79633 or email him at email@example.com.
If you have any urgent comments on the current restrictions then please email them to the FRCC Guidebook Editor. All such comments should also be emailed to the BMC.
To check the latest access information nationwide:
FOR ALL LOCAL 2013 LAKE DISTRICT BIRD RESTRICTIONS - CLICK HERE