RSPB

Activities

The 2018 Festival Bowland programme has now come to an end. Almost 70 events took place between February and the middle of October covering everything from moorland bird walks, bat nights and wildflower days to clog dancing, star gazing and stone carving. 

Many thanks to all those who organised or led events as part of the programme and who are, even now, planning events for next year's Festival calendar!

23rd October 2018

Education access web profile produced and uploaded for Stonyfold Farm near Beacon Fell.

13th May 2015

Annual Report for the financial year 2014-15 produced and available on the AONB website.

1st April 2014 to 31st March 2015

Working group re-established in April 2014.

Will meet approx twice per year and direct biodiversity delivery through the development of annual delivery plans, made up from work across the delivery group.

1st April 2014

Separate Festival Bowland events brochure produced for 2014.

Festival Bowland programme for 2015 included as part of Discover Bowland guide.

2016 programme currently under development and will be included as part of discovery guide again.

1st January 2014

Actions

1.2 Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
Action Targets and Timescales Partners
1.2E Play an active role in the government's 'Catchment-based Approach' (CaBA) to river management and restoration for the Lune, Ribble and Wyre
Meet with EA catchment management staff and Rivers Trusts for Lune and Wyre re:CaBA
2014
Attend at least 2 Ribble Life stakeholder exchange meetings per year
Annually
Investigate opportunities for catchment-based management options and agreements for the New Environmental Land Management Scheme (NELMS).
2014
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1.3 Habitats
Action Targets and Timescales Partners
1.3I Liaise with local authorities to maintain or enhance the biodiversity of roadside verges, through maintenance of appropriate and timely cutting regimes
Extend Ribble Valley pilot 'Roadside Verges' project to other local authority areas in the AONB
2015
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1.4 Species
Action Targets and Timescales Partners
1.4C Continue to support research and monitoring and encourage implementation of habitat projects for characteristic bird species such as hen harrier, merlin, peregrine, ring ouzel, lapwing, snipe, redshank and curlew; including support for relevant species recovery plans
Identify and agree appropriate habitat intervention opportunities for at least 2 species
2016
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1.4D Support local actions to provide suitable conditions to re-establish hen harrier as a breeding species in the AONB, in line with the government's emerging national species recovery plan
Develop local actions to support the re-establishment of breeding hen harrier in the AONB
2014-15
Active participation in the new 'Northern England Protected Landscapes Hen Harrier Group'
Annually
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1.7 Planning and Development
Action Targets and Timescales Partners
1.7B Develop content on AONB website (linking to pre-existing resources wherever possible) to clarify AONB's role and to offer advice and guidance in planning and landscape-related matters
Develop AONB 'planning & development' webpage
2015
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1.7C Work with Lancashire County Council on revision of LCC supplementary planning guidance on landscape and biodiversity in light of the new National Planning Policy Framework
Meeting held with LCC Landscape and Ecology
2014
Respond to consultation on revised planning guidance
2014
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1.7D Develop design guidance (e.g. buildings, agricultural buildings, rural roads) based on the AONB Landscape Character Assessment to ensure development conserves and enhances the character of the locality
Re-convene meeting of LPA officers to discuss development of design guidance
2015
First design guidance note produced
2016
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1.7E Continue to use and promote the AONB renewable energy position statement to offer advice and guidance to planners and developers on appropriate renewable energy development within the AONB
Review and update position statement, where necessary
2014
Hold 'planning and development' seminar aimed at LPA officers/members to update on latest guidance.
2014
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2.1 Farming and Land Management
Action Targets and Timescales Partners
2.1A Provide appropriate support and guidance on landscape, biodiversity and access for farmers and land managers who deliver agri-environment scheme agreements
Advice provided for at least 6 agri-environment scheme agreements per year
Annually
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2.1D Develop collaborative land management projects involving farmers and major landowners in the AONB (e.g. restoration of black grouse/grey partridge, pilot predator control areas for ground-nesting birds, woodfuel, training & apprenticeships)
Develop at least 2 collaborative land management projects.
2019
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2.1E Carry out monitoring and recording of environmental benefits achieved through agri-environment schemes to inform other farmers and non farmers on the benefits from upland hill farming
Develop monitoring programme in liaison with Bowland Land Managers Forum
2015
Establish baseline conditions
2017 & 2019
Biennial survey work carried out
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