Wildlife Hot Spots

Forest of Bowland wildlife hot spots

Greendale Wood Grindleton

Planted in the year 2000 and a small extension of just over 1 hectare was added in 2009. Mixed, broadleaf woodland and a path of damson trees, the damson because Grindleton was once had a jam factory. Also a Brook flowing through the middle.

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Pendle Hill

Upland wet heath and peat bog also close by reservoirs and conifer plantations, also upland pasture, Lapwings, Curlew, Golden Plovers.

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Salt Hill Quarry LNR

Of special importance for its geology with an abundance of fossils that are over 340 Million years old. Located around a former limestone quarry, the middle of which is now an industrial estate. Salthill is brilliant for wildflowers, in particular limestone-loving species which are rare in Lancashire. A Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

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Brock Valley Nature Trail

Rich valley woodland Bluebells, car park at Higher Brock Bridge

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Cross Hill Quarry LNR

A limestone quarry abandoned in the early 1900s. Habitats include a variety of woodland and scrub, a riverside section and flower-rich grassland habitats which are buzzing with life. County Wildlife Site (Biological Heritage Site), Regionally Important Geological Site. Part of the Brungerley Park Sculpture Trail & on the Ribble Way.

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Worsaw Hill

Calcareous grassland

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Downham and Twiston

Hedgerows and quiet lanes with wildflowers and Calcareous grassland

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Moor Piece

An area of semi-natural woodland dominated by Birch, with a fringe of conifers along the northwestern boundary. In addition there is a block of predominantly Scots Pine plantation, which is developing a Birch understory. No public access but lots to see from the road that cuts the reserve.

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Bleasdale

Public Bird Hide wet grass land with scrapes for waders, Hare Hot spot, limited parking at the hide.

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Caldertop Cottage Public Bird Hide

Upland pasture. Lapwing, curlew and redshank. Short walk from parking at Calder Vale and limited parking near the hide at Higher Landskill Farm.

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Parlick and Fair Snape Fell

Blanket Bog

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Calder Vale

Valley woodland upland pastures with Lapwing, curlew and redshank

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Grizedale

Deep wooded valley (Holme Wood) close by Icelandic-breeding Whimbrels, roost at Barnacre Reservoir end April early May.

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Dunsop Valley

Curlew, lapwings, oystercatchers, redshanks, Dippers. Higher up Hen Harrier, Peregrine Falcon. Parking and Toilets in the village.

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Abbeystead

Overwintering wildfowl on reservoir. Red Grouse, merlins and Hen Harriers on moors.

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Langden Valley in the Trough of Bowland

Quintesential Bowland tributary valley with path leading up to the high moors. Hen Harrier stronghold. Valley bottom attracts nesting waders. Valley side home to lizards Green Hairstreak butterflies and upland song birds.

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Dalehead Chapel

Possibly the best wildflower meadow in Bowland

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Stocks Reservoir Fishery Cafe

Woodland and access to reservoir shore massed Toad spawning in Spring. Walk to shore overlooking important island gull nesting site. On a circular walk. Spectacular Starling displays in winter. Chance of seeing passing Osprey

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Gisburn Forest Sphehen Park

New visitor hub with parking and caf?. Access to woodland walks species rich wet grassland and moorland habitat. Tramper available for hire

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Stocks Reservoir Bird Hides

Two Bird Hides overlooking inlet nature reserve, bird feeding station plus carpark and picknic area. Also on a a circular walk. Chance of seeing passing Osprey.

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Marshaw and Wyresdale Tower

Heather moorland, upland streams Scots Pine woodland

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Jubilee Tower

Open moorland and access to the highest point in the Forest of Bowland

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Gisburn Forest

Forest walks woodland birds, fungi. Adjacent to Stocks Reservoir two bird hides with views over the reservoir. Spectacular Starling displays in winter.

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Cross o Greets Bridge

High moors. Hen Harrier stronghold. Valley bottom attracts nesting waders. Valley side home to upland song birds.

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Birk Bank and Clougha (SSSI)

Mosaic of upland habitats and distinctive Oak woods, car parking on Rigg Lane..

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Kesden Road Bowland Knotts

Moorland, and fantastic views. Parking and walks from the summit.

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Calf Hill and Cragg Woods south of Caton

Woodland. No access to the woods themselves. Road runs along one boundary, nearby parking and footpath to adjacent access land.

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Crook o Lune Caton

Wooded river banks walks, bluebell woods. Wooded river banks walks. One footpath skirts Aughton Woods SSSI LWT nature reserve

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Caton Moor windfarm

Bridleway across the moor to the Littledale road, superb views and easy access to good blanket bog and heather moor.

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Roeburndale Woods

One of the largest areas of ancient semi-natural woodland in Lancashire. Woodland birds. Interesting flora.

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Aughton Woods

The ancient semi-natural woodland has retained at least 30 examples of abandoned charcoal hearths, circular platforms levelled out of the hillside. There are many examples of multi-stemmed trees which have grown up from the stools last coppiced 70-100 years ago to provide wood for charcoal and bark for tanning leather. The wood is particularly noted for its Small-leaved Lime which has survived in the ravines and along the western and southern edges of the wood.

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Beacon Fell Country Park

Features 75 hectares of woodland, grassland and moorland. The visitors centre and cafe are open daily. The tarn is an important Dragonfly hot spot. Also Sculpture trail.

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Bell Sykes Coronation Meadow

The six Meadows three of these include grasses such as meadow foxtail and sweet vernal grass along with moisture loving flowers like great burnet and meadowsweet. The upper three fields are home to the characteristic flowers of dry hay meadows in northern England. Meadow cranes-bill and melancholy thistle grow together with a colourful mix of yellow rattle, eyebrights, pignut, buttercups and ladys mantle.

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