Online Events & Learning

Each year we look forward to meeting new people and seeing old friends at events and activities throughout the Forest of Bowland AONB. Sadly, at the moment, we are unlikely to be able to run many of the face to face events which had been planned as part of the Festival Bowland and Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership programmes.

Instead, where we can, we're going digital and bringing events to you online.

These will either be live events which you'll need to pre-book, or recordings which you'll be able to enjoy when it's convenient.

All our online opportunities will be listed on this page, including details of how to book where needed.  Most of the events will be free but donations to Champion Bowland will always be welcome.

We'll be adding more events as we get the details finalised so do keep checking back to see what's new!


Lapwing_Gavin Thomas RSPBWednesday 15th July, 2020

Discover Bowland's Waders

7.00pm - 8.30pm

The acrobatic flight of the lapwing and bubbling call of the curlew are amongst the iconic sights and sounds of the uplands in spring.

Many of our wader species have undergone severe declines due to habitat loss and poor breeding success but, encouragingly in parts of Bowland, populations have been holding steady thanks to sympathetic land management practices.

Join RSPB Conservation Advisor, Hilary McGuire, for an insight into Bowland's wading birds and the work being done with farmers and land managers to boost their numbers here in the AONB.

This event will be hosted as a live Zoom session.

Cost: Free - but donations to RSPB (via link on booking) are welcomed

Booking essential: please book via Eventbrite at


Misty woods, Clougha - Steven KiddWednesday 22nd July, 2020

Lost woods, Shadow woods with Professor Ian Rotherham

2.00pm - 3.30pm

Festival Bowland / Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership are delighted to host Professor Ian Rotherham of Sheffield Hallam University  who will present ' Lost woods, Shadow woods.'

Professor Rotherham is the author of numerous books on landscape, history and ecology. He has organised successful conferences on woodland and, more recently, two international conferences on Rewilding.' No stranger to the Forest of Bowland, Ian studied at the University of Lancaster.  

Ian will introduce the concept of  'lost woods'. Lost woods may not appear on maps as woodlands, or even have names but can be indicators of former land-use over hundreds of years. There will be a second part of this series ', An Introduction to Rewilding' in the autumn, based on a book he is currently writing.

Check out Ian's blog here

This event will be hosted as a live Zoom session

Cost: Free - but donations to Champion Bowland welcome (via link on booking).

Booking essential: Please book via Eventbrite at:


Bat_Forest of Bowland AONBThursday 30th July, 2020

Bowland's Bats: Sounds and Detectors

6.30pm - 8.00pm

After the success of last month's online webinar about Bowland's bats, Gail Armstrong will return to introduce us to the world of bat sounds and bat detectors.

This session is for those who may already have a bat detector, or who may be interested in buying one, and want to know more about how to use a detector and just what they can detect!

This event will be hosted as a live Zoom session.

Cost: Free -  but donations to the Bat Conservation Trust (via a link on booking ) are welcomed.

Booking essential: please book via Eventbrite at