Arnside and Silverdale, Cumbria | Lancashire

Arnside and Silverdale
Arnside and Silverdale is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (ANOB), found on the border of Cumbria and Lancashire. The area is formed of low carboniferous limestone hills and cliffs including those at Arnside Knot and Warton Crag. The ANOB includes a long coastal stretch running from the Kent estuary, near Milnthorpe in Cumbria, down to the mouth of the River Keer, near the towns of Warton and Carnforth in Lancashire. Development there has been largely kept at bay, the sparse population being mainly centred in the few small towns and villages there.

The landscape is a varied mix of semi-natural ancient woodlands, coastal salt marshes and rich limestone grasslands. Ash, hazel and oak make up a large percentage of the woodland creating a perfect habitat for a wide range of species. The Lancastrian whitebeam can also be found in these wood.

The wild-flower rich meadows are home to half of all Britainís species of flowering plants. These meadows are valuable habitats for butterflies, the very rare high brown fritillary is resident at the Gait Burrows National Nature Reserve . The importance of Arnside and Silverdale to wildlife and ecology is reflected by the fact that there are 15 Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) within the ANOB. The bittern and the marsh harrier are among the many birds that can be seen in the region.

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