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Step out this winter to discover the nature of the Bay
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Discover Morecambe Bay's winter wonders
 

It's been a great year for nature and the Morecambe Bay Nature Tourism Business Network. Hopefully you have had chance to download the Sense of Place Toolkit and Nature on your Doorstep Guides to help sell the special nature of the Bay to your visitors. If you haven't had chance yet, New Year would be a great time to revamp your promotional material and websites to encourage people to discover the nature, history, food and walks that make a trip to Morecambe Bay extra special.
 

We Wish you and Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year


Spectacular Birds

Morecambe Bay is famous for it's birds and at this time of year the bay is brimming with waders and wildfowl that overwinter here. Over 240,000 birds will settle here during autumn and winter. Seek out knot as they form large flocks around the coast and estuaries, alongside curlew, lapwing and oystercatcher, as well as pink footed goose that have headed south for winter.

The  best time to see birds along the coast is a couple of hours before and after a high tide as they move closer to the shore. Take a stroll along the coast at any of these places to experience this winter spectacular:  South WalneyHumphrey Head, Grange, Arnside and Morecambe Promenades, Heysham Head, Cockerham and Pilling for pink footed geese, Wyre Country Park and Estuary and Rossall Point. 

 

grey seals (c) Ben Andrew

Great grey seals

Head to Cumbria Wildlife Trust's South Walney Nature Reserve to watch Morecambe Bay's resident seal colony. The hide at Lighthouse Bay can provide a great vantage point, with the seals moving up the beach and closer to you as the tide comes in.
 

Wonderful winter walks

Wrap up warm and take a stroll to some of our great viewpoints for awe inspiring views across the bay. Walks to great views include Hampsfell, WhitbarrowSizergh Castle and Helsington, Arnside Knott, and Warton Crag. Great coastal walks can be found around  South WalneyHumphrey Head, Morecambe Prom, Heysham Head and Rossall Point.

Whatever the season link your website to our Seasonal Highlights page and our Nature on your Doorstep Guides (there'll be one for a place near you) so your clientele can find out what they can discover around Morecambe Bay.
 
Cumbria Woodlands Woodfuel

Free Woodfuel Installation Advice

If you run a farm or business why not consider installing a wood fuel system. The Government-backed Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) pays you for every unit of renewable heat you produce for 20 years.

Cumbria Woodlands is offering free independent, bespoke advice on the best installation for businesses located in the Arnside & Silverdale area and some parts of South Lakeland. They can help you choose the best wood fuel option, advise on installation costs, investigate sources of finance and provide advice on the RHI. Advice is impartial; they don't sell or install boilers or sell wood fuel.

To find out more contact Clare: 01539 822140  clare@cumbriawoodlands.co.uk

This service is funded by the Morecambe Bay NIA (Defra, Natural England and Forestry Commission)

Nature Tourism Business Network 2015

Bay Tourism Association will continue to work with Morecambe Bay Local Nature Partnership to bring you, as a member of Morecambe Bay Nature Tourism Business Network,  more events and news in 2015. We hope these events will continue to help boost your business by promoting the special nature of the Bay to your customers. 

Jenny Wain says farewell to the Network after 3 years of working with businesses around the Bay. She's off to sunnier climes to volunteer for a nature conservation trust in Belize.

Who we are
Morecambe Bay Nature is a tourism business network connecting businesses with a passion for nature. The Network is hosted by Bay Tourism Association on behalf of the Morecambe Bay Local Nature Partnership and its Nature Improvement Area. Join the Network for free and help make Morecambe Bay one of the top UK places to see wildlife. Email Francesca - secretary@baytourism.co.uk 

We are generously supported by Defra, DCLG, Natural England, Forestry Commission and the Environment Agency; EU LIFE Communciations+; & Morecambe Bay Partnership's Coastal Communities Fund - 700 Days to Transform the Bay.
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