Ullswater Steamers has teamed up with the RSPB for a special cruise ‘Water, Predator and Heathland Birds Cruise’ which will sail from Glenridding on May 17 at 9.45am.
Organisers say passengers can look to the skies in search of the peregrine falcon, while trying not to miss the spectacular birds, which may appear on the water.
The cruises involves passing ancient woodlands, fells and islands, which organisers say provide habitat for some of England’s rarest species of flora and fauna, such as the red breasted merganser, the nuthatch and otters, as well as Peregrine Falcons in the sky.
Great rafts of gulls also roost on the lake and the bays are frequented by mallards, greylag geese, goosanders, kingfishers, cormorants, dippers, sandpipers and ospreys have all been sighted on passage.
After an hour on the lake, the Steamer stops at Pooley Bridge, where a mini bus will escort passengers to Askham Fell, which is home to many intriguing ancient sites from stone circles to burial cairns and a herd of wild ponies.
Suitable clothing including walking boots is needed as a moderate walk is involved and guests are advised to take a packed lunch.
Tickets need to be booked in advance and are £12.50 for an RSPB member and £14.50 for non-members, with children half price. Profits go to RSPB. For further information about events and cruises with Ullswater Steamers please visit www.ullswater-steamers.co.uk or call on 017684 82229.
A VERY small Beatrix Potter drawing has sold for nearly £50,000 at an auction in America.
The three-and-three-quarter inches by six inches ink and watercolour had been expected to sell for up to 37,500 at the Sotheby's auction, in New York, but reached £47,438
The miniature, called 'Guinea pigs going to their garden...' was among 193 original illustrations sold by wealthy American couple, Kendra and Allan Daniel. The painting depicts four guinea pigs following a fifth along a path carrying garden tools.
A spokesman for Sotheby's said: "Early in 1893, when she was in her twenties, Beatrix Potter borrowed a number of guinea pigs from her friend, Miss Paget. One, named Mr Chopps, proved to be no problem but another, named Queen Elizabeth, apparently 'took to eating blotting paper, pasteboard, string and other curious substances and expired during the night. A pair of gardening illustrations date from this time: four guinea pigs following a blue-coated guinea pig and four guinea pigs working under the guidance of the blue-coated guinea pig.
"These were later redrawn in 1922 and used in Potter's book Cecil Parsley's Nursery Rhymes."