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May 21st, 2015

Backsbottom Farm

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Henry in Bowland 2

Courtesy of Mark Avery’s blog

Henry is pining for a ringtail. He’d heard that the Forest of Bowland was his best chance for a hot date.  ‘this one looks rather cute’ Henry told me. ‘I’m sure you’re right, Henry’, I said ‘They all look much the same to me’. Henry gave me a bit of a glare, I thought.
He came across these interesting figures in John Armitage’s blog which show that it is the United Utilities land where Hen Harriers have most often nested successfully in Bowland in the period 1981-2005 in this area. Two thirds of successful nests were on the UU land and the other third on the three sporting estates of Abbeystead, Bleasdale and Clapham.
Natural England’s excellent report (before they were muzzled, castrated and chained up), A Future for Hen Harriers in England? shows that Hen Harrier nesting success was far higher on one side of the Bowland fence, the United Utilities’ side of the fence, than it was on the other side, the grouse moor side. Isn’t nature remarkable? How can such big differences, 65 pairs raising an average of 1.96 chicks/breeding attempt on UU land, compared with a mere 18 breeding attempts, producing an average of 1.22 chicks/breeding attempt on the grouse moor side of the fence, have come to pass in the period 2002-2008?
I told Henry to be careful.
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May 19th, 2015

Elizabeth Louise Mills

Ducklings

Discovered how much ducklings like worms, they were fighting over them in the polytunnel. They also had a whale of a time in the pond, they are getting used to being herded into the carrier to be taken out, much harder to get them to go back in though.

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May 19th, 2015

Elizabeth Louise Mills

Learning to quack

This morning we put the ducklings in the new pen round the pond – they were so happy dabbling in the mud, diving under water and having a general good clean, flicking water over their backs and waggling their stubby little wings and tails. I also put t…

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May 19th, 2015

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Missing Hen Harriers on Forest of Bowland

Three male hen harriers disappeared form this area. The RSPB are offering a reward for information:http://www.birdwatch.co.uk/channel/newsitem.asp?c=11&cate=__15936

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May 18th, 2015

Elizabeth Louise Mills

Ducklings

We now have two ducklings living in the bathroom and are busy building a pen for them to go out into. This doesn’t seem to surprise anyone. On Wednesday evening I thought the drake seemed to be playing a little rough with the ducklings, when they dived…

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May 13th, 2015

Elizabeth Louise Mills

Ducks back and Lidl wildflowers

Pleased to say the duck returned with her ducklings the same evening, though sad to say she was down to two by the next day, we do wonder if she had got seperated from them during the bad weather and then buzzards or crows noticed them. Anyway they are…

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May 10th, 2015

Alison Kelsall

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Sightings from the bird hide

3 lapwing chicks and several adults, 2 kestrels, hares

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May 10th, 2015

Alison Kelsall

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Bird hide viewings

Lapwings 5 and curlew 1

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May 7th, 2015

Elizabeth Louise Mills

Missing Birds

Really sad today as our lovely duck turned up with no ducklings – to be honest we had been expecting it from past experience but had hoped it least one would make it. Doubly sad as on breakfast news this morning it said that three male hen harriers had…

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May 6th, 2015

Alison Kelsall

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Bird hide sightings

Lapwings 30+, curlew 4, rooks 20, swallow, kestrel, partridge, hares, snipe, pheasant, geese (flying past) 20, pipits

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May 5th, 2015

Chris Collett

Blog Post: Wanted: Your thoughts on our new Skydancer film

If you haven’t already seen our new Skydancer film, please a spare 10 minutes and watch it here . Made by Northumberland-based Haltwhistle Film Project , we hope it offers an engaging and inspiring introduction to hen harriers and the challenges they face. Filmed in Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cumbria and Derbyshire, the work features interviews from all sides of the hen harrier debate, as well as animations and scenes from last year’s Hen Harrier Day. We would really like to know what you think of the film. Love it or hate it, please email your thoughts to julie.chrisp@rspb.org.uk .  We are going to evaluate the whole Skydancer project later this year and your views will feed into our final report.  

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May 1st, 2015

Elizabeth Louise Mills

New pond

A bit of the lawn has always been boggy so we decided to turn it into a pond – as we were digging it was filling up which was motivating. We also had an empty plastic water tank and once we had sealed up the holes in it, sank it into the ground in one …

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April 30th, 2015

Alison Kelsall

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Sightings from the bird hide

Lapwings displaying (lots) – amazingCurlew 1, snipe 1, pheasant 2, grouse 3, kestrel 1, oystercatcher 1, mallard 3, hare 1.A bright sunny evening!Thank you to the Ashfords for making a note of the sightings in the nature diary

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April 29th, 2015

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Cobden Farm Bed and Breakfast 2015-04-29 10:22:00

So…the first swallow arrived at the farm on April 10. Quite early for once.The next two swallows arrived 10 days later.WHERE ARE THE REST?Cobden Farm B and B website

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April 28th, 2015

Elizabeth Louise Mills

Hail and snow.

The high winds banging the barn door and hailstones hitting the windows got me up at 3.30am. Sat downstairs with a cup of coffee listening to the mice running around in the walls and gnawing away at the expandable foam we used to block the hole they ma…

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April 27th, 2015

Height Top Farm

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height top farm 2015-04-27 13:38:00

HEIGHT TOP FARM HOLIDAY COTTAGESLooking for a place to bask in the sunshine.

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April 27th, 2015

Elizabeth Louise Mills

Ducklings

Over late winter and early spring we enjoyed visits from a pair of Mallard ducks. The visits tailed off over recent weeks only for a very nervy female to occasionally return alone at nightfall to be fed. We were delighted when she turned up yesterday a…

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April 26th, 2015

Elizabeth Louise Mills

New wildflower bed

We decide to make another bed on the opposite side of the path to the moth border and as an experiment we have sown it with a packet of wildflower seed from Lidl – £1.69 for 100g. We are also going to put cane wigwams in to grow scarlet runner beans on. We covered the area with fleece after sowing just for a bit of extra warmth to help with germination.

Preparing the bed

Sowing the seed
Pegging the fleece down

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April 24th, 2015

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height top farm 2015-04-24 09:03:00

HEIGHT TOP FARM HOLIDAY COTTAGES……….and look who’s back……….

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April 24th, 2015

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height top farm 2015-04-24 08:56:00

HEIGHT TOP FARM HOLIDAY COTTAGESThe house sparrows have been very busy in the boxes for the last few days.

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