Haverigg – Protect and Serve
Life at sea and in the mountains can be dangerous for people, and Haverigg has a strong connection with looking after both. The natural environment also protects. The Duddon Estuary provides wildlife with important habitat.
Haverigg Inshore Rescue Team has operated since 1973 and is manned entirely by volunteers from the local communities of Haverigg, Millom and the surrounding area working closely with the local Coastguard to provide a year round life-saving service.
RAF Millom at Haverigg began mountain rescues in 1941, and along with RAF Llandwrog in Wales was the co-birthplace of RAF Mountain Rescue Services. The last operational flight was in 1953, the site is now home to Haverigg Prison.
In 2003, the 7 tonne sculpture ‘Escape to Light’ by the world famous sculptress Josefina de Vasconcellos was installed near to the Haverigg Inshore Rescue station and is dedicated to all Inshore Rescue Teams in the UK.
Haverigg sits at the mouth of the Duddon Estuary, a protected area important for birds and other wildlife. Vast sand and mud flats are exposed as the tide goes out which offers a great feeding ground for a variety of birds and the estuary has been designated a Special Protection Area because of the important number of breeding Sandwich Terns that visit the area.
Haverigg Haws, the sand dune system to the north, whilst relatively small is home to some nationally rare species including rare shingle vegetation at the strandline, Roy’s Knotgrass and sea kale Crambe maritime. The nationally rare hellebore Epipactis dunensis can also be found on the grassland on top of the dunes alongside the marsh hellebore which is often found in the ‘dips’.
Whilst important, the area is constantly changing as the sand dunes are affected by the long shore drift from the neighbouring coastline which changes the contours and position of the dunes over time. Some areas appear static, but others will have visible changes over a very short period of time.
‘Haverigg’ comes from the old Norse - Hafri (oats) and Riff (a ridge) ‘ridge where oats are grown’
Haverigg is a small seaside village on the edge of the Duddon Estuary.
Haverigg has a long history of fishing