Running Int' Fells: Fell Running in the Cumbrian Hills and Mountains

19apr6:00 pm7:30 pmRunning Int' Fells: Fell Running in the Cumbrian Hills and Mountainstreading Lightly with David Broom

Event Details

Friday 19 April 2024    
The Cumbrian uplands include extensive areas of considerable nature conservation value. Grassland, moorland, woodland, scrub, and heath vegetation of fells, ridges and mountain summits, rivers, tarns, rock outcrops and screes contain many rare plants and provide habitats for a great number of wildlife species. However, the plants, habitats, and wildlife species that contribute to the special character and interest of the Cumbrian uplands can be vulnerable to disturbance by fell runners.
Trampling by fell runners within upland landscapes can displace rare upland plants and can cause erosion of vegetation and valuable wildlife habitats. Fell runners can also disperse wildlife species. With care, it is possible for fell runners to access upland landscapes with little risk of ecological disturbance, both as individuals and as competitors in fell running events.
This talk describes some of the main nature conservation interest features that contribute to the attraction of Cumbrian upland landscapes for fell running. The talk will explain the main reasons why these features can be vulnerable to disturbance by fell runners, and will describe measures that can be taken by fell runners to avoid the risk of impacting Cumbria’s fragile upland environment.

About the speaker
David Broom is an ecologist who has advised fell running, mountain marathon and ultra marathon events on the avoidance of ecological impacts for many years. David has competed in a wide range of mountain marathon and ultramarathon events, including many in the Cumbrian Hills and Mountains, where he also works as a mountaineering instructor.



April 19, 2024 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm(GMT+01:00)


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