Hay Bridge Nature Reserve



Under 16 Creative Competition now Open for Entries

We are delighted to announce that this competition is now open for entries. This competition is open to anyone up to the age of 16 (as at end of October 2014) and will run from the 1st of March until the 31st October 2014.

Entries can be in any media including photographs, artwork, video clips or a piece of writing. The only competition requirement is that the entry must have a connection with Hay Bridge Nature Reserve.  There are two age categories: up to and including age 8 and from age 9 up to and including age 15. 
Winning entries will receive a £50 Amazon voucher and runners up will receive a £25 Amazon voucher. Judging will take place during November 2014 and winners will be announced in December 2014.

Entries will be displayed at Hay Bridge Study Centre between December 2014 and the end of April 2015.

For more details and how to enter go to our Competition Page 2014.


Nestling in the heart of the Rusland Valley, between Windermere and Coniston in the Lake District,Hay Bridge Nature Reserve is a special place. Because it is privately owned, access to the Reserve is limited to members of the Hay Bridge Nature Reserve Society, or by arrangement with the Warden.

Woodland, pasture, open tarn, fen, raised bog, riverbank, fell; such a diverse range of habitats, in such a relatively small area, leads to an equally diverse and varied range of flora and fauna.

Hay Bridge has been established as a nature reserve for thirty years. Originally designated as a wildlife reserve and deer sanctuary by Helen ‘Tissie’ Fooks, in memory of her husband, the reserve is now owned by the John Strutt Conservation Foundation (JSCF), who manage their land to maintain and enhance the diverse range of habitats.

Both the JSCF and the Hay Bridge Society are registered charities, with the twin aims of education and conservation. Now as tenants of the JSCF, the Society’s members have access to the Reserve, subject to some restrictions, and have use of the Study Centre building, which houses rest room and drink making facilities (Members’ Area), as well as a substantial ‘Interpretation Centre’ for the natural history of the Reserve, the Rusland Valley and the Furness Fells beyond.

For details of Society membership, please go to the Join The Society page.