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Facilities

The FBA site at Windermere comprises 2 hectares on the western shore of the lake, including 400 metres of lake shore and offers the following specialist facilities.

The Pearsall Building
In the Pearsall Building is a laboratory suite featuring of one large and one small laboratory. There is a sample preparation room and stocked chemical cupboard. The building also contains dedicated conference and office facilities and supporting infrastructure, available for short-term or long-term lease. When leasing space for conferences and teaching we can provide:

  • Large conference room with flexible room layout (theatre, board, U, classroom) and small breakout rooms for seminars and/or refreshments
  • Scientific teaching laboratory with hire of microscopes and equipment by request
  • Catering provided by local caterers, and on-site refreshments
  • Access to a dedicated freshwater library, containing a large volume of published information, grey literature and unpublished documents, many relating to local field sites IT equipment and support (including wifi/wired internet connection, projector, laptop, white board, flipcharts, photocopying and printing facilities)
  • Car and coach parking

Direct access to the lake is gained via a shallow shelving beach or a 12 metre long jetty and mooring can be provided for visiting boats.

Cumbrian Field Sites
In addition to Windermere itself, the FBA has access to the following sites in the Windermere and River Leven catchments:

  • Private use of Dale Park, a 1 hectare area of wet meadow and woodland with two small streams, all fenced to exclude grazing livestock and other disturbance
  • Access rights to 1 kilometre of Dale Park Beck, a 3 metre wide stream draining a wooded catchment
  • Negotiated access to Blelham Tarn, a small (10 hactare) mesotrophic tarn
  • Negotiated access to a stretch of Cunsey Beck, a small river running into Windermere

There are also access agreements to various lakes and tarns owned by the National Trust.

The Hatchery
This secure and discreet facility contains over 20 available circular tanks (volume 1.6 m3), fed with water that is pumped from the lake and can be delivered at individually controllable rates.


To discuss booking options, and secure yourself access to our facilities, please contact us.

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