A TOURISM business on Ullswater has teamed up with the RSPB for a special cruise.

The ‘Water, Predator and Heathland Birds Cruise’ will sail from the pretty Lakeland village of Glenridding on May 17 at 9.45am, with Ullswater Steamers.

Organisers say passengers can look to the skies in search of the peregrine falcon, while trying not to miss the spectacular birds, which may appear on the water.

The cruises involves passing ancient woodlands, fells and islands, which organisers say provide habitat for some of England’s rarest species of flora and fauna, such as the red breasted merganser, the nuthatch and otters.

Great rafts of gulls also roost on the lake and the bays are frequented by mallards, greylag geese, goosanders, kingfishers, cormorants, dippers, sandpipers and ospreys have all been sighted on passage.

And keen young wildlife spotters can also get involved with spotting buzzards and oystercatchers which nest around the lake.

After an hour on the lake, the Steamer stops at Pooley Bridge, where a mini bus will escort passengers to Askham Fell, returning for 1pm.

Organisers say the fell, with stunning views, is home to many intriguing ancient sites from stone circles to burial cairns and a herd of wild ponies.

Suitable clothing including walking boots is needed as a moderate walk is involved and guests are advised to take a packed lunch.

Tickets need to be booked in advance and are £12.50 for an RSPB member and £14.50 for non-members, with children half price. Profits go to RSPB.

For further information about events and cruises with Ullswater Steamers please visit www.ullswater-steamers.co.uk or call on 017684 82229.