• Dark Sky Night with Border Astronomical Society

    Geltsdale hosted a Dark Sky Event with Border Astronomical Society on Thursday 14th March.  Unfortunately the clouds failed to part that night, but that didn't stop us from seeing and learning about the planets and stars.

    • 25 Mar 2019
  • Snake in the Grass

    The Adder in the photograph was observed off one of reserve's trails enjoying the unseasonal February weather last Friday.

    • 27 Feb 2019
  • The Garden of Eden - an Exhibition by Katie Lock

    A new exhibition "The Garden of Eden" is on show at the Geltsdale Gallery from 4th February until 26th April.

    The Garden of Eden is Katie Locks first solo exhibition and takes the viewer through a rustic, psychedelic trip via abstraction, symbolism and foliage. 

    Katie is currently based and working in Carlisle, although originally from Blackpool. Katie came to the city as an illustration student, studying at the…

    • 30 Jan 2019
  • Geltsdale Gallery Hosts Print Workshop with Vega Brennan

      The Geltsdale Gallery hosted a successful Mono-printing workshop with local artist Vega Brennan.  Here is just two of the prints created during the day.  Vega's Printing Nature Exhibition is currently on show until 31 January and available to view 9am to 5pm daily.  Further details at geltsdale@rspb.org.uk

    • 19 Nov 2018
  • Geltsdale help RSPB Dove Stone with their Peatland Restoration Project

    The RSPB Dove Stone team made their annual raid on Denton Fell to harvest sphagnum for their peatland restoration project.

    Geltsdale volunteers turned out to help bag up a trailer load of moss to start a new life in Derbyshire.  After a hot summer, the peat bog has stayed wet and cranberry has abounded.

    In a reciprocal arrangement, the Dove Stone wardens helped lug 1000 tree stakes up the fell to help with a guarding…

    • 29 Oct 2018
  • Spreading our Wings an Exhibition by Carlisle Youth Zone showing until Sunday 28th October

    Following a successful visit to Geltsdale, members of Carlisle Youth Zone have created a bird and street art inspired exhibition "Spreading Our Wings".

    The young people not only learnt about birds and nature but explored their aspirations for the future.  What do they need to fly and what clips their wings?

    The exhibition can be viewed daily from 9:00am to 5:00pm - for information including accessibility contact…

    • 8 Oct 2018
  • Drystone Walling with Northumbria Wildlife Trust

    In September volunteers and staff from Northumberland Wildlife Trust came to RSPB Geltsdale for some drystone walling training.  Usually planting trees for the Kielder Wildwood project, 15 turned up to be tutored in the art of walling.  With the aim of building a stone seat at Kielder, similar to the one in our carpark, they were keen to get stuck in.  Learning how to repair a wall at Forest Head Quarry, they gained valuable…

    • 8 Oct 2018
  • Residential Volunteering at the Geltsdale RSPB Reserve in Cumbria

    by Stephanie from Hamburg, Germany:


    Work and duties


    As I am volunteering in September, it seems that most of the work to do with birds is already over and done with so that my duties here focus mainly on conservation work: building fences, repairing drystone walls, clearing out bird boxes for the next breeding season, clearing paths and trails of bracken or overhanging branches, picking litter and all sorts of things…

    • 26 Sep 2018
  • Carlisle Youth Zone Visit Geltsdale

    Carlisle Youth Zone visited the reserve as part of their Hitz Outdoors week.  They learnt about the birds on the reserve and what they eat, looked through binoculars and caught insects in sweep nets, which they identified. They played games and visited an art exhibition… all in a morning! 

    We look forward to Carlisle Youth Zone exhibiting their bird inspired artwork at the Geltsdale Gallery from 6th - 28th October…

    • 3 Sep 2018
  • Warden Walks the Pennine Way

    Belinda Lloyd, Geltsdale's Assistant Farmland Warden has taken up the challenge of walking the Pennine Way.  The photograph above shows Belinda taking a well earned break on the section between Slaggyford to Greenhead. We look forward to seeing her back at Geltsdale next week.

    • 30 Aug 2018
  • Curlew Lament an Exhibition by Mark Gibbs

    The Geltsdale Gallery is hosting an exhibition by Mark Gibbs’ Curlew Lament, which runs from Saturday 28 July to Sunday 30 September.

    RSPB Geltsdale is a fitting choice for Mark’s exhibition as curlews breed on the reserve in the summer months and the site is part of a national conservation project aimed at finding ways to recover the Curlew population.


    Mark paints and makes sculptures featuring animals…

    • 30 Jul 2018
  • Summertime on the farm

    The weather seems to be a constant topic of conversation for farmers and no wonder given the extremes we seem to get nowadays, though suiting this farm with its damper soils I do have great sympathy for the lighter soiled farms further down towards Brampton who have desert like conditions at the moment ! Cattle and sheep are thriving in the heat wave. The sheep are nearly all clipped and back on the fells, though a careful…
    • 19 Jul 2018
  • Simply Wild an Exhibition by Amanda Mudge at the Geltsdale Gallery until 23 July

    The Geltsdale Gallery are delighted to host an exhibition by Carlisle Artist Amanda Mudge featuring her paintings of Cumbrian wildlife.

    Amanda likes to focus on what brings us moments of joy as these moments are often brief and illusive.  Amanda endeavors to capture and hold onto that joy in her work.

    "Simply Wild" is part of "Impressions of the Wild", a programme of six exhibitions at RSPB Geltsdale…

    • 30 May 2018
  • A night of Music and Poetry at Curlew Calling

    The Talkin Fellas, Stooshie, author Karen Lloyd and numerous poets delighted a large audience at Curlew Calling on Saturday 19th at Hallbankgate Village Hall. The event was organised by Ian Ryding, Farm Warden at Geltsdale and lead singer with the Talkin Fellas.  The event marked Curlew Crisis Month raising awareness of the Curlew in the UK and £250 for the RSPB

    • 23 May 2018
  • Geltsdale Owl Evening Event a Great Success

    Our Assistant Farmland Warden hosted a successful Owl Evening Event on Thursday 17th May.  Event participants enjoyed watching the barn owl survey the meadow in search of food and learn about the other owl  species who live on the reserve.  One young participant was so impressed he has joined the RSPB as a youth member as a result.

    • 21 May 2018
  • Textile Wall Hangings Workshop with Helen Walsh

    The Geltsdale Gallery played host to a successful textile workshop with Helen Walsh on Saturday 28th April.  Participants were totally absorbed in the activity and created some wonderful and very individual wall hangings.  You can still see Helen's exhibition "Wingspang" at the gallery until 21st May.  The gallery is open 7 days a week from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

    • 30 Apr 2018
  • Curlew Crisis Month Event - Curlew Calling 19th May

    To mark Curlew Crisis Month, Geltdale's Farmland Warden Ian Ryding and his band The Talkin Fellas, plus Stooshie will be performing at Hallbankgate Village Hall on Saturday 19th May.  A donation will be given to the RSPB from the proceeds.

    Tickets are available on eventbrite, at the Belted Will Inn, Hallbankgate and on the door.

    Be sure to join us as it promises to be a great evening!


    • 11 Apr 2018
  • First Black Grouse Count of the Year

    Geltsdale had it's first Black Grouse count of 2018 last Wednesday 21st March with a total of 41 male birds.

    Although the birds were a little subdued it was a good first count this early in the season - counts will continue until the beginning of May. 

    If you would like to see the Black Grouse Lek we still have places available on our Black Grouse Lek event - Saturday 21st April 5:00am to 7:00am.  To book contact…

    • 26 Mar 2018
  • A BIG Thank You to the Tree Tube Volunteers


    The Farmland team would like to thank the members of the public, students from Newton Rigg and RSPB staff who braved the weather to remove tree tubes from Bruthwaite Forest. 

    There is now a visible improvement to the view and those tubes still in good condition will be utilised in community woodland projects organised by Living Landscapes.

    RSPB Geltsdale planted at total of 110 000 trees 11 years ago to form the Bruthwaite…

    • 21 Mar 2018
  • Impressions of the Wild


    The Gallery at RSPB Geltsdale is launching Impressions of the Wild a new programme of exhibitions and workshops which celebrate Geltsdale's dramatic landscape and wildlife.


    Over the next 16 months the gallery, is hosting six exhibitions featuring local artists who take their inspiration from wildlife and the countryside. 


    The first exhibition is Wingspan an exhibition by Cumbria-based textile artist Helen Walsh…

    • 21 Feb 2018
  • January 2018

    The feeders at the visitor centre at Stagsike have attracted in a flock of over 30 siskins with a few lesser redpolls, but the highlight has been a couple of male bramblings. Other birds here, include greenfinches, chaffinch, great tit, blue tit, coal tit, robin and dunnock.

    Black grouse can be found lekking at this time of year or seen feeding in hawthorns. At least five males and five females can be seen near the visitor…

    • 15 Jan 2018

    To thank our Wednesday volunteers for their sterling work all year round on the reserve, the last work day before Christmas is always a birding trip with no work at all!  This year we got permission to view the private hide on Rockcliffe Marsh (thanks to Brian Hodgson) so we spent a day on the Solway.  Not a stunning day, weather wise, but it stayed dry and the frost kept off, which we had been warned would deter the birds…

    • 10 Jan 2018
  • “On a Wing and a Prayer” an exhibition by Dani Cook

    The latest exhibition at the Geltsdale Gallery features a series of new works from Penrith-based artist Dani Cook. Dani’s exhibition features magnificent birds of prey, such as red kites, that have returned from the brink of extinction, together with more common species.

    Dani developed her love of birds whilst growing up in the Lake District, where it was only natural to be fascinated by birds. Dani was also…

    • 11 Dec 2017
  • Early November sightings

    Black grouse are being recorded more regularly, but are still difficult to see. A few have been seen near the office at Stagsike Cottages over the last few days feeding on hawthorn berries.

    Visible migration is still happening, hundreds of fieldfares, redwings and woodpigeons have been flying over west.  The thrushes can be seen from the trails, feeding on hawthorn berries too. Most of the goose passage is now over,…

    • 3 Nov 2017
  • Early October

    Autumn migration is in full swing here, but westerly gales yesterday didn’t bring anything unusual that has been found yet. Pink-footed geese skeins have been seen today, heading west, barnacle geese should be going over soon. There has been an increase in the number of wigeon and teal on Tindale Tarn over the last week and numbers will start to increase as more wildfowl return.  No sign of redwings and fieldfar…

    • 3 Oct 2017