Festival Bowland Spring-time event highlights

As spring starts to gather pace, the organisers of the Festival Bowland events programme are encouraging people to explore this fascinating area.


Sandra Silk, Project Officer with the Forest of Bowland AONB Partnership said, “This is always an exciting time of year. Birds are thinking about nesting, fresh green shoots are appearing in the hedgerows and woodlands, and it’s great to get out and take in these new sights and sounds after winter.”


During the March and April programme, the 28-mile-long River Wyre gets a closer focus. The river’s source is found high in the Bowland fells, where the Marshaw Wyre and the Tarnbrook Wyre are formed.  Travelling south through Garstang, it eventually completes its journey at Morecambe Bay.


There are opportunities to try out practical conservation work and river sampling with the Wyre Rivers Trust, plus a chance to explore one of the Wyre’s tributaries – the lovely River Brock – on an easy guided bird walk with Wyre Coast & Countryside Service.


Continuing the bird theme – this time around Bleasdale – the RSPB are offering two chances to discover Bowland’s breeding waders, whilst the Wyre rangers will be heading over to the Barnacre area for their annual whimbrel walk.


For rail heritage enthusiasts, the Bentham Line, which skirts the northern edge of the AONB, will feature in an online talk when the Leeds Morecambe Community Rail Partnership share an illustrated look at the past and present of this very scenic 75-mile “Little North Western” route.


And for something a little different, there are the drills, skills – and fun – of Nordic Walking. There will be a Sunday morning beginners’ session at Williamson Park in Lancaster, followed by an improvers’ session later in the spring for those who would like the chance to practice their new-found hobby.


For family fun during the Easter holidays, Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership will be running their Free Family Nature Events in Whalley, Nelson and Sabden.  Choose from minibeast madness or a spring landscape walk – or maybe even both. But you’ll need to be quick once bookings open as these events are very popular.


Visitors to Bowland can’t fail to miss the dry stone walls which criss-cross the landscape, especially on higher ground, and Wyre Coast and Countryside Service will be offering the chance to have a go at this important traditional rural skill around Claughton in late April. No experience is needed.


Full details of all Festival Bowland events, including booking information, can be found on the Forest of Bowland AONB website at https://www.forestofbowland.com/Festival-Bowland-Events

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