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Augill Pasture


Augill Pasture is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) and
Special Site of Scientific Interest and a haven for wildlife. The main interest of the nature reserve is the pasture itself which is an area of species rich grassland of the type known as mountain haymeadow. This is extremely rare in Britain with less than 1,000 hectares remaining in just a few upland valleys in the Pennines and the Lake District.

In the woodland area birch, ash and willow are the main tree species with an understorey of hazel and rowan. Broad leaved helleborine is found here at its highest location in Cumbria. In the moutain haymeadow, between May and September a huge variety of different flowers can be seen including melancholy thistle, lady's mantle, knapweed, wood cranesbill, great burnet and devil's bit scabious. A number of different orchids can be found including frog, fly, fragrant and common spotted orchid, and twayblade.

More information can be found on the Cumbria Wildlife Trust website.

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