Category: Bleasdale Cottages

Stoats and Toads

We have recently had a very playful stoat visiting the garden. In Spring we had guests staying who came in one day to tell me about seeing a stoat rolling an egg accross the road as they drove home from Chipping. At the time I said they were lucky…

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Pied Wagtails and Swallows

One afternoon last week I managed to spot where the wagtails had been taking all the insects that they were collecting on the garden. They were busy feeding their young in a nest site that has in other years been used by the Grey Wagtails in the w…

Flowers in The Meadow

On Sunday Jacob ( our grandson ) suggested a picnic for tea and as the weather was perfect at that moment  we got it packed and set out accross the fields towards The Parish Hall Wood. The picnic table and bench came in handy and we had a lovely t…

It’s a miracle

At last the determined Oyster Catcher that made her nest in the hollow in the top of the gate post has hatched two of her original three eggs. We believe the third was taken by the pestering crows.She did need a little help in the end as the chick…

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Nest with a view.

picture taken by Helen Turnerpicture taken by Barrie TyrerThis Oyster Catcher decided to go for a nest with a view. She is sitting on three eggs, at first she flew off the nest everytime a car passed by. After a few days she was ok with the passing tra…

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All Fall Down — Well Half

We may have missed the snow but we did get a night of very gusty winds, the tall twin trunked eucalyptus is only half its former self.The bees and butterflies have been making the most of the warm Spring days and the blackbirds are very busy feeding th…

Mad as a March Hare.

It was a glorious morning to set out on the walk to watch the Brown Hare. The group were well rewarded, for rising early with good sightings of their antics and the thrill of catching them boxing.The calls of the curlew, lapwing and oystercatchers adde…

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Black and Blue

Today was one of those wonderful clear blue sky days here in Bowland and it was the first time this year we have had flocks of lapwing flying over on their pre breeding season ” away days “It’s a real treat to have them back even if it’s just for short…

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Sparassis crispa – Cauliflower Fungus

After taking a walk a few days ago to collect greenery to make door wreaths for Christmas I decided to check the young trees in the orchard.Glancing across to the fence I was surprised to see two alien looking shapes. On closer inspection, they were gr…

A Little of What You Fancy Does You Good!!

As I was sitting at the kitchen table eating my breakfast- one Weetabix with a handful of Special K , a Brown Hare was doing the rounds of the garden. Along with some grass its’ menu included – pine shoots with some sappy bark, leaves from the Lavetera…

Tewit Tea Walk

As part of the Garstang walking Festival we had a “Tewit Tea Walk” this afternoon. Along with the lapwing with young there were sightings of Curlew, Oyster Catchers and Whimbrel. As the walk passed Jonas Wood the three young Tawny Owls were to be seen …

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A Sunday Afternoon Walk

I hadn’t been to the lake for a while so we decided to have a walk down this afternoon. As we approached the Redshank flew up. The rowing boat was in the shallows with quite a bit of water in so I suggested pulling it on to the bank but I soon change…

Swallows Return

What a glorious day we all had today! It got off to a lovely start when the first thing I sighted from the bedroom window was a swallow. Often the first one to come back will be on it’s own for up to a week before the rest follow, but not this year, th…

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Live on "Hare" from Bleasdale.

Our Forest of Bowland Holiday Cottages Hare by Toon PhotoOne of our hares has become a star! on the front cover of this months Lancashire Life magazine.The weather could not have been better today for The Brown Hare Event organised by W…

Desirable residential accommodation.

Our Forest of Bowland Holiday Cottages We now have accommodation available for owls. These two desirable (we hope ) residences are now ready for occupation. The first is at the edge of our ten year old woodland on a recycled telegraph pole with views t…

Planting, laying and surveying.

Our Forest of Bowland Holiday CottagesThe hedge laying that was postponed before Christmas is now coming along very well and all but two of the new fruit trees are now planted. The Brown Hares featured on the television twice last week once on BBC Nort…

Winter Projects.

Our Forest of Bowland Holiday CottagesAs I lay in bed this morning juggling the days jobs in my head ” UPDATE THE BLOG ” was screaming at me so here goes.Our 10years of the Countryside Stewardship Scheme came to an end so that meant a whole new list of…

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