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Bird watching in our corner of the Forest of Bowland

Nearby Wildlife Hotspots

Lower Fairsnape Farm Bird Hide

bird watching holiday

Lapwing and other waders

The farm is a popular haunt for wild birds because it is managed for wildlife, and so making it the ideal habitat for a bird watching holiday in Lancashire and The Forest of Bowland.

Much of the farm is managed for lapwings and waders, the meadows are managed to create a patchwork of short grass interspersed with tussocks. The short grass areas are ideal for nesting and feeding, the tussocks provide cover for chicks. In addition we have created several scrapes, which are shallow depressions which collect water in the winter and slowly dry out during the spring and summer. These scrapes are vital for providing food for breeding waders and their chicks. We have also planted more than 7 hectares of woodland and created a small wildlife lake. In 2004, the farm became the Northern England Lapwing Champion under a scheme run by the RSPB.

We now have accommodation available for owls. One box is at the edge of our ten year old woodland on a recycled telegraph pole with views to Beacon Fell. The second is in a mature ash tree near the cottages with views of Parlick.

We have an ongoing program of bird box sightings, woodland, pasture and hedge management to make our surroundings as wildlife friendly as possible.


Owl Nest Box

RSPB Bowland Wader Project (Web Site)

Lapwing © Andy Hay rspb-images.com
Lapwing © Andy Hay rspb-images.com

One of our scrapes for lapwings, snipe, curlews
One of our scrapes

Bowland's farmland and moorland attracts over 6,000 pairs of wading birds such as lapwings, snipe, curlews, oystercatchers, and redshanks and holds 6 - 8% of the UK's breeding curlew population.

Lapwing Chick Lapwing Cick
Lapwing Chick Bleasdale © Ann & Steve Toon

Oystercatcher
Oystercatchers at Bleasdale © B P Tyrer

Hen harriers

Hen harriers are England’s most endangered bird of prey, the Bowland Fells are home to 50 per cent of the successful nests found in England as monitored by an English Nature and RSPB team.

Hen Harrier
Hen Harrier

 

Hen harriers arrive back on their breeding grounds in March and April. They indulge in spectacular, aerobatic displays to attract females. The hen harrier has a strong association with heather in England and nests are almost always sited so that the surrounding heather bushes provide cover and protection. A clutch of up to 6 eggs is laid, in April or May, and incubated by the female for about 30 days. The chicks spend a further 30-40 days in the nest before making their first flight.

Birding in Bowland Leaflet (PDF 5.5mb)

Crossbills

Common Crossbills can be seen at Beacon Fell Country Park.

Location of Beacon Fell Country Park SD 566418

Other Places to visit include

Further afield

Leighton Moss also for waders SD 477749

Martin Mere for waders and occasional visitor Bill Oddie SD 436108

For a full list of walks see our walking page

 

Bleasdale recently featured in BBC Wildlife Magazine.

Species seen near or at Lower Snape

Barn Owl
Blackbird
Black- headed gull
Blue Tit
Buzzard
Carrion Crow
Chaffinch
Coal Tit
Collared Dove
Curlew
Dipper
Dunnock
Gold finch
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great Tit
Green Woodpecker
Grey Heron
Grey Wagtail
Herring Gull
Hen Harrier
House Martin
House Sparrow
Jackdaw
Jay
Kestrel
Lapwing
Linnet
Magpie
Mallard
Meadow Pipit
Mistle Thrush
Moorhen
Oystercatcher
Peregrine
Pheasant
Pied Flycatcher
Pied Wagtail
Red Legged Partridge
Redpoll
Redshank
Redstart
Reed Bunting
Robin
Sedge Warbler
Siskin
Snipe
Song Thrush
Spotted Flycatcher
Starling
Stock Dove
Stonechat
Swallow
Swift
Wheatear
Whinchat
Willow Warbler
Wood Pigeon
Wren

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