Off-road tracks in the Windermere catchment area
GREEN LANES and WINDERMERE POLLUTION -
WHY WE NEED ACTION
There is solid scientific evidence that off-road vehicles on unsealed roads produce
• persistent loss of vegetation cover
• increased sediment delivery, altering downstream water quality and aquatic habitats
So silt and sediment are likely to end up in the becks and rivers, and ultimately in Windermere.
National Park ecologists should urgently monitor this environmental risk. As a precautionary measure, these green lanes should not be used by recreational off-road vehicles.
Below a runoff channel from U5001 into Little Langdale Tarn.
"We need to restore and revitalise the natural environment at a landscape-scale across the Windermere catchment; putting back habitats and wildlife from the top of the Langdale Pikes to Fell Foot in the South Basin."
Stephen Trotter, CEO, Cumbria Wildlife Trust