Over the summer I have been recording the growth on one of the meadows at Bell Sykes near Slaidburn by taking photographs from the same spot every week. This was to help Sarah Robinson, the Forest of Bowland Hay Time Project Officer http://forestofbowland.com/Hay-Time-Project-0. Bell Sykes meadows are part of the Coronation meadows project. The Coronation … Continue reading “Bell Sykes Meadow Slaidburn”
It is worth reading Phil Slade in http://anotherbirdblog.blogspot.com/2016/09/ringing-gold.html reporting on a ringing session at Oakenclough. As a strong advocate of increasing woodland cover in Bowland it is good to hear about the newly re-opened Woodland Creation Planning Grant details available here http://www.forestry.gov.uk/england-fif. I have just downloaded a copy of State of Nature 2016 it can be downloaded here http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/stateofnature16 .
We have 3 chickens roaming around the yard with chicks – this one has 7 chicks!
Lapwings 30+ and 1 lapwing chickCurlew 4Oystercatchers 4Hare 51 Pheasant nestSwallowsThank you Denise for making a note of these sightings
The primroses are looking beautiful along the roadside
2 hares, 8 lapwings and 1 pheasant seen from the birdhide
Lots of midges!Lapwing 15+Curlew 1Hare 1Ducks 3Lots of sheep and lambsPheasant 1
Curlew 4+Lapwing 10+Buzzard 2Pheasant 2Crow 2
We have several lapwings nesting on our land again
Steve got a surprise this morning. When he went to look round the sheep one of the ewes had given birth to quads!
HEIGHT TOP FARM HOLIDAY COTTAGESTwo lambs that had to be delivered by the vet Rhiannah. Sheep and lambs doing well.
Early morning photos; by mid afternoon the snow – 3 inches of it – had almost all gone. Fun and games though.Cobden Farm B and B website
HEIGHT TOP FARM HOLIDAY COTTAGELooking quite happy despite just having a rubber band on his tail.
The first lambs of 2016 were born today!The tup got out early – the rest aren’t due to start until 21st March.
HEIGHT TOP FARM HOLIDAY COTTAGESRomance is in the air!Add caption
HEIGHT TOP FARM HOLIDAY COTTAGESAt long last some cold frosty and sunny weather. Much better for lambing than the miserable wet we’ve been having.First lamb born this morning and all is well.Come in number 6 your time is nearly up!
HEIGHT TOP FARM HOLIDAY COTTAGESAfter a struggle and a lot of help from Barrie tyrer I’m now able to blog again!Thanks Barrie.
Stunning Autumn colours in Sabden Valley, behind the farmhouse, this year.Cobden Farm B and B website
Hundreds of Canada geese have been flying east…and west… above Sabden this weekendCobden Farm B and B website