Wildlife and Bird Watching

The Forest of Bowland's upland fells, with summits above 450m, are dissected by steep sided valleys which open out into rich green lowlands adjacent to the rivers Hodder and Wyre. This is beautiful countryside for walking, whether alongside the rivers, or to higher ground for a panoramic view.

The Forest of Bowland is a paradise for birdwatchers and nature lovers, look out for Curlews, Lapwings, Oystercatchers and Redshank. Dippers and Herons frequent local rivers and up on the moors you may see the Hen Harriers. If you are sharp eyed you might spot Little Owls sat on top of drystone walls in the morning and evening or family groups of Buzzards circling overhead.

Our local hares are very good at mimicking molehills or merging into tufts of grass and can give you a real start when they take off almost from your feet! Wildflowers brighten the roadside verges and in late summer the hills turn purple with flowering Heather - a feast for bees and other insects !

On a summers night sit outside and take advantage of the lack of light pollution and look at the bright stars. Wherever you travel in the Bowland area you'll be sure to enjoy the beauty and tranquility of this unspoilt area of rural Lancashire.

More information on Bowland Wildlife see www.bowlandwildlife.org.uk

Curlew. © B.P.Tyrer

Lapwing. © B.P.Tyrer

There are always plenty of ducks to see and feed in Dunsop Bridge. © B.P.Tyrer