We have been informed that a game keeper working for the Lingholm estate north of Keswick is about to be prosecuted for allegedly killing Buzzards on this estate. What is more important it appears the estate is currently for sale, or may already have been sold. Because Lingholm is situated in a very scenic area backing onto Derwent water, the house and grounds are frequented by thousands of tourists each year who visit the Lake District National Park where they are able to walk around the lake or catch a boat and shorten their journey back to where you started. Lingholm also has a strong association with Beatrix Potter who visited the house many times.
The large estate house has a number of smaller houses for sale as well which includes the ‘keepers’ house. With such a massive tourist structure in the area these Buzzards will have been seen by 100,000s of visitors to the area and of course just a stones throw from the property are the Bassenthwaite Ospreys worth £2 million a year to the area. Young from these ospreys have also returned to the area and a number these fledglings have been seen using Derwent Water itself.
With a new push to make ‘Nature tourism’ one of the big money spinners for so many businesses in the Lake District what a shame that estates like this can still cause so much damage in a National Park.