Category: Bleasdale Cottages

Bowland by Day and Night

It’s something of a tradition that when my birthday comes around a day out is called for, usually to a destination outside Lancashire. This year we decided to stay in Bowland. We got the electric bikes out and set out from Bleasdale taking Oakenclough …

Good Summer

Our Forest of Bowland Holiday CottagesA long overdue update; the swallows have had a wonderful Summer, I was called into Hare House last night to remove one that was flying high in the hallway.It didn’n take many minutes using a childs fishing net. We …

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The Birds are busy.

Yesterday morning we got up to pandemonium in the garden, alarm calls and scufflings, I’ve never seen so many Blackbirds and their young together at one time. The problem was a stoat after the young black birds that seemed to draw every available bird …

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Boxing Brown Hares.

Last weekend we had two wildlife photographers, David and Louise Gibbon, staying in Garden Cottage. Their aim was to photograph boxing hares, they set up their pop-up hide in a field down the road. We knew that they would have sightings of Brown H…

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Lights, Camera, Action……

 As I sit at the computer by the window and looking out onto the garden feeling how good it is that the late afternoons are getting so much brighter and each time you go outside there are so many things on the move. The garden birds are …

Belated, Happy New Year

A very belated Happy New Year from Bleasdale Cottages. I’ve been bogged down with paper work recently especially getting every thing off for the next stage of The Visit England Awards; now that’s all done I’ll have a catch up with what’s going on out i…

Ladybirds Ladybirds….

This Summer I was surprised that we did not see more ladybirds then in mid October as we cut and raked the wildflower strip we saw a few more. Over the last two weeks we have spent quite a lot of time working in the woodland taking out t…

Owl Box – second time around

After a successful Summer for the Barn Owls and with the young having flown away to find their own territory it seemed like the best time to do repairs to the box…. So on Saturday morning we set out with tools, materials and ladders to get the job do…

More Good News in Bowland

Following on from the good news from Malkin Tower, The Forest of Bowland did it again last night with Bleasdale Cottages winning The Green Tourism Award at The Lancashire Tourism Awards held at Blackburn Cathedral.

Summer of Swallows

Last week the young swallows were getting together and having such fun in the sunshine they looked like the class of 2013 having their end of term parties before graduation. At breakfast time they get together on the electric wires, I counted seventy t…

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Barn Owls

Cottage guests have been telling us of the Barn Owls they have been seeing on their evening walks down the road so this was our first attempt to get a picture. It was just on the edge of dark as we arrived and straight away there was movement on the ow…

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Woodpecker Feeding

Over the last few days we have been seeing a lot of a woodpecker family in the front garden. The parents regularly come to feed on the nut feeder in the eucalyptus tree but now they are bringing a youngster with them, it sits on a branch begging to be …

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Springtime Bike Ride.

 

Yesterday we set out on another ride on the new electric bikes. It’s my sort of bike ride, just like  someone giving you that extra push up the hills and it’s surprising how much more detail you see as you ride alongside the hedgerows. As we set out down our road to the left we saw the wheatears feeding, they will only be here for a short while before they move onto higher parts of Bowland to breed. Across the other side of the road was a group of about thirty whimbrel, they seem to be visiting daily probably some of the ones that roost at this time of year at Barnacre. Out onto the main road we took left and set out for Chipping passing near the foot of Parlick with the Para gliders soaring above us and the gliders launching from Cockhill. On down Fishhouse Lane, really needed the brakes down there as it’s very steep, the bluebells are just beginning to show. In Chipping village we headed for the Tea Garden at Brabbins Shop where there is a charging point for the bikes and a good cup of coffee for me. After our refreshments we left Chipping by Garstang Road the Curlews calling above us and the hedges on either side such vibrant shades of green. On the way back up our road I caught site of the banking in the wood, yellow with primroses so we went back down later for a walk to have a better look through the wood. The primroses have really spread, I have never seen so many there before, there were violets and just the first few bluebells.
Glorious day today for the Bank Holiday and we heard our first cuckoo.       




Bleasdale Fells Restoration Project.

In glorious sunshine this weekend the helicopter has been busy carrying hundreds of bags of heather brash up onto the Bleasdale Fells. This is part of the work being carried out as part of the project to protect the peat moorland.
The successful early morning Spring Brown Hare Walk was almost finished when the helicopter began its second day of transporting the bags, rounding off the walk with quite a spectacular finale. 

 
 

Star Gazing and Bird Watching.

Last night we braved the cold and spent some time “Star Gazing”. A friend brought his new smart telescope and set it up on the cottages car park.We had some splendid viewings of Jupiter and its moons, Pleiades (The Seven Sisters) and The Constellation …

Curlew Calling

As I went out into the garden this morning to feed the birds the sun was trying to shine and the snowdrops were looking lovely. Then to make the day even more special I heard my first Curlew of the season and it’s even giving a better weather forcast f…

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Garden Visitors in Winter

As it’s some while since I contributed to The Bowland Blog I should make a New Year effort and get back to it and note the winter visitors in the garden. The song thrushes are still making daily visits for the berries on the holly tree a…