A new network has been set up to help the different nations across the British Isles plan strategies to help preserve lakes and wetlands.
Following a conference hosted by the Lake District National Park Authority last year, bodies from England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland have joined forces to form the UK and Ireland Lakes Network, the authority has stated.
Lakes manager John Pinder said that the different countries have not been sharing knowledge and best practice until now, despite lakes being focal points for communities and economic assets.
"Inevitably all our gatherings will bring together whole catchment management, with particular emphasis on relationships between the economy, community and environment," he added.
Preserving lake environments may help ensure good conditions for those who like to take their fishing rods
down to the lake shore.
The Lake District is traditionally regarded as having 16 'lakes', with smaller bodies of water being 'tarns'.
However, this list is inconsistent as the largest tarn - Devoke Water - is larger than the smallest 'lakes' - Rydal Water and Elter Water.
Posted by Elaine Arthur