The Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership will soon be sending out its first newsletter!

21st January 2019

The new Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership newsletters will be sent out on a quarterly basis and will aim to inform and keep you up to date on all the things that are going on in the programme.

If you would like to receive these newsletters please follow the link below and register your email address.  Please note that unless you confirm your subscription via the email you will receive after signing up you will not be added to the mailing list - so please remember to confirm via this email!

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Bowland Dark Skies Festival

7th January 2019

The Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) has been officially recognised as having some of the darkest skies in England - a fact being celebrated next month with a week of special events during half-term.

Image by Matthew SavageHetty Byrne, Sustainable Tourism Officer for the AONB said, "Light pollution means that truly dark skies are becoming increasingly rare.  With our Dark Skies Festival we want people to discover the magical sight of the planets and constellations visible above Bowland. The longer nights of winter are good for star gazing and, given the right conditions, you can feast your eyes on everything from the Plough to the Milky Way!

Running from Saturday 16th until Sunday 24th February the themed week includes guided star gazing and astrophotography with local amateur astronomer, Robert Ince; the chance to book into one of Bentham Golf Club's glamping pods or lodges and search the dark skies until the wee hours; wrap up warm and listen to nocturnal tales with storyteller, Sue Allonby and an invitation to step inside Yorkshire Planetarium's mobile dome for night-sky films with the wow factor.

"Bowland is beautiful during the day", said Hetty, "but seeing its star-filled skies at night is a fantastic experience. We advise early booking as the events are likely to be popular."

Visitors wanting to stay and explore the area for a little longer can choose from a number of Dark Sky Friendly businesses - many of them accommodation providers offering information about star gazing in Bowland.  Details available at

Details and booking information for the Dark Skies Festival events can be found below:

Saturday 16th February – Dark Skies Glamp

7.30pm till late, Bentham Golf Club

Image by Robert Ince

Be guided on an incredible journey through the constellations and along the Milky Way. Explore the night skies using powerful telescopes, all provided and operated by a local astronomer, who will take you on an astronomical tour. Finish the evening in style by staying in one of Bentham Golf Club’s new, stylish glamping pods or lodges. Price includes stargazing and accommodation. A stargazing-only option is available at £15 per adult and £7.50 per accompanied child.

Booking essential. Contact Wenningdale Escapes to book on: Phone 015242 62455 or email

£99 (per pod for 2)/£348 (per lodge for 4 people for 2 nights)

Sunday 17th February – Astrophotography Workshop

7pm – 10pm, Gisburn Forest

Image by Robert Ince

Come to our Forest of Bowland Dark Sky Discovery site and learn how to photograph the contrast of our dark skies and the beautiful stars above. Learn how to create star trails and other compositions that will leave you and your friends breathless, all with just a DSLR camera, lens and tripod. After time spent in the workshop there will be opportunities (weather permitting) to try the techniques out under Bowland’s dark skies. Suitable for adults and accompanied children 16 years and over.

Booking essential. For more information contact Robert Ince on 07511 403702 or email To book go to:

£27.24 per person

Tuesday 19th February – Planetarium Adventure

1pm, 2pm or 3pm, West Bradford

Step inside the Yorkshire Planetarium’s mobile dome for HD films with the wow factor! Journey through deep space, discover the constellations, learn about black holes and the life and death of stars and find out how humans went to the moon. A great half-term activity for families with children 8 years and over. (Younger children are welcome on the understanding that each session will last around an hour.)

Booking essential. Please contact the Forest of Bowland AONB office on 01200 448000 or email

£5 per family (2 adults and up to 2 children)

Wednesday 20th February – Stories of the Stars

Image by Matthew Savage

7pm – 8.30pm, Gisburn Forest

Bring along the family for an enchanting evening in Gisburn Forest! Cosy up around the fire for an evening of dark sky stories with storyteller, Sue Allonby and listen to our expert guide, Robert Ince, who will share stories of his own dark sky adventures. Weather permitting we’ll embark on our own journey to explore the night sky! A great half-term activity for families with children 8 years and over.

Booking essential. Please contact the Forest of Bowland AONB office on 01200 448000 or email


Sunday 24th February – Stargazing: SOLD OUT!

7.30pm – 9:30pm, Claughton-on-Brock

Enjoy the stars in the dark skies of the Wyre! We will be your guides along an incredible journey through the constellations and along the Milky Way, showing you how to find all sorts of objects for yourself. There will be powerful telescopes for you to gaze through but (weather permitting) we will also help you see the spectacle of skies with just your own eyes. Suitable for adults and children 10 years and over. (Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.) Please book early - places are limited.

Booking essential. For more information contact Robert Ince on 07511 403702 or email To book go to:

£15/£7.50 (£40 per family ticket – and up to 3 children)

Wildflower meadow rescue mission

17th October 2018

Globe Flower by G WoollardYorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) and the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) are on a mission to restore wildflower hay meadows.

Together they will deliver ‘Haytime Rescue’. This is a new 14 month partnership project supported by a grant of almost £20,000 from the Lancashire Environmental Fund.

Isobel Hall, programme manager at YDMT, said:

“With support from local volunteers, farmers and specialist growers at Kew Wakehurst Millennium Seed Bank, we aim to bolster populations of rare species of wildflowers in Bowland. These species include melancholy thistle, globeflower and birds eye primrose.”

The project will deliver training and support for volunteers. This will help them learn about propagating plants from sustainably sourced seed. It will also cover how to ‘foster’ the plug plants, looking after them until they are large enough to grow out into suitable sites across Bowland.

Sarah Robinson, Farming and Wildlife officer from Forest of Bowland AONB, said:

“We’ve selected specific sites to receive the plug plants. It is very important to have the correct physical and biological attributes, as well as the right management, in order for the plug plants to thrive. Volunteers will help plant out the young plants and will revisit the sites to track progress.”

In addition to this specific species work, the projects will help ongoing field scale restoration of hay meadows. This will continue to restore the network of species-rich sites across the AONB which is so vital to the species which rely on them. Open days will be held for people to see the results of the restoration work.

Andy Rowett, fund manager at Lancashire Environmental Fund, commented:

“This is the fourth time the Fund has supported hay meadow restoration work in the AONB with YDMT. We look forward to seeing the return of some of the rarer wildflowers to the Forest of Bowland hay meadows.”

YDMT and the Forest of Bowland AONB have reintroduced wildflowers to more than 700 hectares of degraded meadows across the region since 2006. It is making important strides in helping to safeguard meadows and the hundreds of species of native wildlife.

Unfortunately, wildflower meadows are still one of the most threatened habitats in Britain. With 97% of traditional species-rich meadows lost since the second world war, much more still needs doing.

For further information please contact Carol Edmondson 

YDMT welcomes support for this important restoration work. Please visit or call 015242 51002 to find out more.

Traditional Boundaries Training

20th September 2018

Hedge LayingHedges and dry stone walls are key features in the Forest of Bowland landscape. As well as acting as stock boundaries and providing shelter they also make great habitats for wildlife.  Laying hedges and maintaining walls to keep them stock-proof and in top condition is a real skill so, if you'd like to have a go yourself, don't miss our latest training and volunteering opportunities:

2019 Programme

Date                                          Location                        Course

3rd Feb                                       Twiston                        Absolute Beginners Hedge Laying

20th Feb                                      Twiston                       Absolute Beginners Hedge Laying

Each day will run from 9.30am until approximately 4pm and all tools and instruction will be provided.  You will need to wear old, warm, outdoor clothes, strong footwear and tough gloves and bring a hot drink and packed lunch. Extra brews will be provided.

As these courses are in the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership area, places need to be booked in advance by contacting the Clitheroe office on 01200 420420 or by emailing

AONB Family's Week

13th September 2018

Outstanding Week is the AONB Family’s week (and a bit) long programme of events to help people reconnect with nature by enjoying and being inspired by the UK’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs). This year it takes place from Saturday 15th – Sunday 23rd September.

AONBs are some of the UK’s most beautiful, cherished and outstanding landscapes. They are vibrant landscapes where people live and work and consequently offer a wealth of opportunities for everyone to enjoy them.

Outstanding Week is an opportunity for you to get out and benefit from everything AONBs have to offer – local food and drink, walking festivals, dark sky discovery nights, country shows, archaeology walks, wood fairs, foraging, wildlife walks, coastal and marine days, thatching courses, drystone walling competitions, charcoal making, bioblitz, inspiration through art and drama and many, many other activities.

Join us out in the country to discover why September is such an Outstanding month and have a look at the events as part of Festival Bowland.

See @naaonb @AONBFamily #OutstandingWeek for details.

Bowland Heads Back to the Stone Age

12th September 2018

This year’s Lord of Bowland Lecture, the 8th since 2010, will take place on the evening of Monday 8 October in the wonderful surroundings of Browsholme Hall's Tithe Barn.

Dr Rick Peterson, Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), will take Bowlanders back to the Stone Age, with a lecture on the Prehistory of Bowland.

Each year, between 2011 and 2015, staff and students from UCLan left the campus behind and headed to the hills above Whitewell for their summer fieldwork project. A combination of field surveys, excavations and research during that time uncovered evidence of nomadic hunter-gatherers and early farmers in the Stone Age, along with Bronze Age burial sites and Iron Age settlements.

Read Mark Sutcliffe's article, Step Back in Time, in this year's Discover Bowland guide for more detail.

Rick's lecture will explain how this fieldwork, and subsequent studies, have helped to expand understanding of Bowland's prehistory.

The event is free to attend but places need to be booked in advance by contacting the Forest of Bowland AONB on 01200 448000 or by emailing or  The lecture starts at 7.30pm with a pay bar available from 7.00pm.

Donations are invited on the evening and will go to Slaidburn Archive to support its important work in recording the history of the Forest and to Champion Bowland, which supports projects benefiting the environment, local communities and visitors.

The Forest of Bowland AONB is grateful to the Parker family for hosting this event at Browsholme Hall.

Bowland by Night

3rd September 2018

The Forest of Bowland is fantastic by day but as the sun sinks down, there's still plenty to explore with Festival Bowland.

Garstang Bat Walk

Friday 21st September, 7.30pm – 9.30pm


Tales for a Dark Forest Night (Last few places remaining!)

Saturday 22nd September, 7.30pm – 9pm

Gisburn Forest Hub

Hodder Valley Bat Walk

Friday 28th September, 7pm – 9pm


Dusk to Dark

Saturday 29th September, 7.30pm – 9pm

Gisburn Forest

For full details go to

River Life Together Photo competition: River Wildlife

22nd August 2018

Submit your photos of river-related wildlife from within the Ribble Catchment, and you could be in with the chance of winning a fantastic prize!

This competition is open to amateur photographers resident in the UK. You can submit as many entries as you like.

Closing date for all entries is 9th September 2018 at 23:59 pm, and the winner will be announced by 5th October 2018.

Visit the Ribble Life Together Website to upload your photographs now!

Questionnaire: The public's perceptions of natural beauty in the Forest of Bowland

Black Hill Wood, Sabden
25th July 2018

Lorraine Richen-Stones is an MSc student at Lancaster and has been working on her dissertation with the AONB team. She would like your help with her project, and says:

I would like to invite people who visit, live or work in the Forest of Bowland to take part in a research study which is considering opportunities and constraints for woodland creation in the Forest of Bowland.  Starting with a questionnaire to understand the public's perceptions of natural beauty and if new woodland were planted what woodland scenes the public would visually prefer to see in the Forest of Bowland. It consists of 9 key questions some with pictures to view and choose, and will take about 5 - 9 minutes to complete see weblink:

As a student of Lancaster University studying an MSc in Conservation and Biodiversity my dissertation placement is with Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The focus is to understand ‘how in supporting biodiversity do differing perceptions of beauty, human and economic values, influence decisions when stakeholders prioritise projects?’ as the research question I am seeking to answer for Elliott Lorimer, AONB Principal Officer. We are therefore inviting people, and partners who have an interest in the Forest of Bowland (AONB) to get involved in the study. A research participant information leaflet has been produced to explain more about what the study entails to enable you to decide if you wish to take part by completing the questionnaire.

If you would like to know more about the research study or have any questions, please feel free to contact: Lorraine Ritchen-Stones 

Tel: 01200 448000 or Email:

Meadow Magic

18th June 2018

Hay meadows are one of our rarest habitats and a priority for conservation. Largely lost from the rest of the country, these meadows survive thanks to traditional farming practices, in particular the late cutting of the crop in July or August.

During spring and summer the array of colourful flowers and grasses in hay meadows not only make a wonderful sight but create important places for pollinators and other species, such as bats and birds, which feed and nest in them.

The Forest of Bowland has some of the best hay meadows in Lancashire and as such, the AONB is an important area for this stunning habitat.  However, Bowland's species rich meadows are only a very small resource and have, therefore, been a focus for conservation and restoration since 2012.

To celebrate this special habitat, Festival Bowland 2018 is highlighting a series of events which have hay meadows as their inspiration!

Make your way to Be a Garden Maker in Wigglesworth on Saturday 30th June when Chris Moss will be demonstrating wire sculpting techniques and participants can sculpt their very own flowers to take home.

Join Wyre Coast and Countryside Service on Sunday 1st July for a meadow wildlife walk in lovely Over Wyresdale.

Celebrate National Meadow Day at Bell Sykes Farm in Slaidburn on Saturday 7th July where you can enjoy fields of flowers, traditional crafts, scything demonstrations and more.

Bring out your creative side with artist, Annie Coxey, on Sunday 8th July in Abbeystead as you make colourful flowers, gorgeous garlands and beautiful butterflies from felt.

Finally, Saturday 14th July offers a great chance to see the flowers at Salthill Quarry Nature Reserve on a walk with former Lancashire Wildlife Trust Reserves Manager, Phil Dykes.

For more information, and booking details, see or email