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.
STUDENTS from around the globe are making Ambleside their home after enrolling on the University of Cumbria’s first ever international course.
Outdoor enthusiasts from countries including China, Australia and Germany are among the 17 students spending the Autumn term in the Lake District as part of their masters in Transcultural European Outdoor Studies.
The qualification is the first of its kind and is being run by the university, Germany’s University of Marburg and Norway’s School of Sport Sciences.
Course leader Dr. Christopher Loynes said: “Within this time frame, our ambition is to make the course a coveted choice for people interested in pursuing a career in the outdoor field. We also aim to develop tight links with non-European universities and make the course truly global. Eventually, we plan to make the course financially self-sustaining through the charging of student fees.”
The course will be funded by the European Commission for the next five years and once students have left Ambleside in the New Year they will spend their next two terms at the other institutions.
While some of the students area already experienced in outdoor studies, for many this is a new area of knowledge and expertise.
Katerina Pata from Greece, who previously studied to be a pre-school teacher, said:“I couldn’t find a relevant masters course in Greece and applied for courses elsewhere in Europe. I liked this course because I get a chance to go to three different countries and learn various approaches to the subject. My goal is to make the concept of outdoor learning more prominent in my country and create my own outdoor kindergarten.”
However, others come to the course with a lot of experience like Wilson Wai Yin Cheung who is a former president of the mountaineering association of Hong Kong.
The students, who come from 15 countries, will be living in university accommodation in Ambleside and learning the theoretical knowledge and practical qualifications necessary to be successful outdoor industry professionals.
During their first semester they will undertake two week-long hiking expeditions, one in the Scottish Highlands and one in the Lake District and a week-long canoeing trip.