Knight of the Northern Fells

If there is anyone who deserves a medal it is Pete Barron, who has just been awarded the British Empire Medal. This is public recognition at a National level for outstanding commitment, making a difference and sheer hard graft at a Local level. His job is Management Ranger in the North for the Lake District National Park and as such he has been involved with projects too numerous to mention, from Himalayan Balsam eradication to combating erosion. Before that together with his family, he ran a youth hostel in Borrowdale, welcoming thousands of visitors to this beautiful area. He has been a member of the Mountain rescue team for 27 years, and is a very competent fell runner and skier. And for the Lake District Osprey Project he is a key figure. It was he who first noticed ospreys migrating North over Bassenthwaite Lake and in Partnership with the Forestry Commission and the RSPB devised the project, putting up nest platforms to encourage ospreys to jump from their stronghold in Scotland and breed again in England. Over the years he has guided and advised staff and volunteers, sharing his ornithological and human insights, and his unique spin on life makes him our favourite speaker.
For visitors he is perhaps not so readily recognised but if you have watched any of our osprey Ringing videos on the screen at Whinlatter he features as the second pair of hands, face unseen, but holding the birds and assisting the Ringer and underpinning the whole process.
Congratulations Pete that your dedication to underpinning one of the most beautiful and fragile areas of Britain has been honoured.

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