Hazel Dormouse by Eleanor Chaney

Dreaming of Rusland - Impressions of Wildlife

This project is a collaboration with Ulverston based artist Eleanor Chaney who will draw seven unique images of fauna and flora you might find in the Rusland valley to encourage you to do the same.

In this new project, launched in June 2020, we are posting seven unique images of fauna and flora you might find in the valley specially drawn for us by Eleanor Chaney, local Ulverston artist. We will also post her worksheets and fascinating vidoes (see panel, right) to help anyone (of any age!) who would like to have a go at drawing our seven species as well as information and hints as to where you might find our little collection out and about in the valley.

We hope you will share your past and present experiences of what you have seen in our area, especially at this time when not everyone is able to visit, and wildlife has had some time to breathe and venture out and about more.

You can post comments, a photo, a poem or even make a video onto our Facebook page, or you can email us at if you prefer!

All Eleanor's images are copyrighted. We will be delighted to see your creations in response to this collaboration but please only reproduce Eleanor's images for the purpose of this project.

Netted Carpet Moth by Eleanor Chaney ©

So far so good...

Eleanor Chaney will produce drawings, worksheets and videos of 7 species you might find in the Rusland Valley. To download the worksheets, click on the links just below, or go to 'READ' at the bottom of this panel, where you can also see her beautiful videos under  'WATCH'.

Did you know?

  • The Hazel Dormouse is our only native dormouse; Cumbria is at the-northern most limit of their range in the UK. Once widespread in the South Lakes, they are now only recorded in a few locations
  • The Duke of Burgundy butterfly is a priority conservation species. In Cumbria it is found only in a few isolated colonies, some in the Rusland Valley.
  • The Swift is a medium-sized aerial bird that spends most of its time in the air, even sleeping on the wing. They have characteristic high pitched 'screaming' calls. Swifts are in steep decline. They pair for life and meet up at the same nest site in the UK each spring – usually in gaps under roof tiles and in the eaves of buildings. But as more and more old buildings are demolished or renovated, many swifts are returning to discover their nest site is gone. You can make or buy swift nest boxes which need to be installed high up under the eaves.
  • The Netted Carpet Moth is one of the UK's most endangered moths and it is one of the rarest moths in the country. It was first discovered near Lake Windermere, and it can only be found in specific sites in the Lake District and in North Wales. A member of the Geometridae family, research has shown that it’s caterpillars feed only on the delicate Touch-me-not balsam, which is also at risk due to invasive species. Because of this the moth nearly went extinct in the 80s and 90s, but due to extensive conversation efforts it has begun to recover.


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