Online Events & Learning

We're very excited to bring you a host of online events for 2021!
We loved welcoming old friends and new audiences to our virtual events last year, so we'll be continuing an online programme for the rest of the year and beyond. We hope that this will be a great way for you to discover Bowland, even if - for whatever reason - you can't join us in person.
You'll find all the online event details below but don't forget to keep checking back as we'll be adding new ones as we finalise them!
(Please note that under 18s must be accompanied by an adult at all these events.)
We have also included a number of face to face events in this year's Festival Bowland programme.  These will take place after Easter at the earliest - and only if it's safe to do so. If you'd like to take a look at the full programme you can find it here https://www.forestofbowland.com/Festival-Bowland-Events Please note that we will be updating the programme throughout the year, to reflect the circumstances, so it will be important to keep checking back for the latest information.
THANKS TO ALL THE ORGANISERS FOR MAKING THIS YEAR'S EVENTS POSSIBLE.

APRIL

 

Sawley Abbey_crop_Forest of Bowland AONBSAWLEY ABBEY: THE BUILDINGS AND PEOPLE OF A MEDIEVAL MONASTERY (FULLY BOOKED)
Wednesday 21st April
6.30pm – 8pm

 

Between 1148 and 1537, Sawley Abbey was home to a community of white-clad Cistercian monks. This talk will examine the insights the abbey's ruined buildings provide into the evolution of the monks' way of life over 400 years, and question traditional notions of late medieval decline leading to Henry VIII's Dissolution of the Monasteries. It will also use art and architecture to illuminate the lives of the people who lived, prayed and worked at the abbey between the 12th and 16th centuries. 

Dr Michael Carter is senior properties historian at English Heritage. He specialises in monastic history, art and architecture and has an especial interest in the Cistercians in northern England. He has published and lectured widely.

Booking essential.  For more information and to book a place please email sandra.silk@lancashire.gov.uk or phone 07973 923142

Online via Zoom

Free, but donations to English Heritage are welcomed https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/support-us/donate-now/


PENDLE HILL IN THE PASTPendle Hill Landscape Partnership colour logo
Monday 26th April to Wednesday 12th May
Various dates and times

 

Join the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership for their 2021 online Community Archaeology Forum! 

Discover Roughlee's industrial history, lime burning around Downham & Chatburn, community archaeology outreach, Lancahire Portable Antiquities Serivce, the excavation of a local Bronze Age ring ditch and more, thanks to a range of guest speakers over four virtual events.  Everyone is welcome - no previous archaeology experience needed.

The events are free but places need to be booked in advance.  For more information and booking see the Pendle Hill Landsacape Partnership website at: http://www.pendlehillproject.com/pendle-hill-landscape-partnerships-2021-online-community-archaeology-forum

 


MAY

Bombus pascuorum on white clover_Forest of Bowland AONBBUMBLEBEES FOR BEGINNERS
Thursday 6th May
12noon – 1pm

 

Bumblebees are declining in our countryside, but one important way to help with their conservation is learning how to identify the different species and record what you see for the national records on iRecord.

In this Forest of Bowland AONB/Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust workshop you can learn about their lifecycle, why they are important and how to identify our seven more common species.

Booking essential.  Please contact carol.edmondson@lancashire.gov.uk for more information and to book a place.

Online

Free, but donations to Champion Bowland welcome via https://www.championbowland.org.uk/


BUMBLEBEE IDENTIFICATION - INTERMEDIATE LEVEL
Friday 14th May
10am - 12 noon

 

This online training session is intended for people who already have a grasp of basic bumblebee identification. The workshop, delivered by Ben Hargreaves from Lancashire Wildlife Trust, will introduce you to identifying the more scarce bumblebees and the cuckoo species.

Booking essential. Please email catherine.mercer@ydmt.org

Online

Free


JUNE

Bat Walk_Forest of Bowland AONBRIBBLE RIVERS TRUST VIRTUAL BAT WALK
Tuesday 1st June
6.30pm – 8pm approx

 

Join Ribble Rivers Trust on a virtual bat walk in the Hodder catchment, where we will learn more about these elusive nocturnal mammals. The evening begins with a family-friendly presentation about bats, their behaviour, diet and habitat - and how we can help them.

Booking essential. Please contact the Ribble Rivers Trust on admin@ribbletrust.com or 01200 444452

£5 per family. (Your donation will go directly to Ribble Rivers Trust and will help to create and improve habitat for bats and other species in the Ribble catchment.)


Sabden weir after_Ribble Rivers TrustRIBBLE RIVERS TRUST VIRTUAL FISH PASS TOUR
Tuesday 22nd June
6.30pm – 7.30pm

 

Join Ribble Rivers Trust for a virtual tour of one of our fish passage projects in the Forest of Bowland AONB. Find out all about the project, from why the fish pass is needed, to how it was built and which species it will help. One of our Project Officers will talk you through the project and take any questions.

Booking essential. Please contact the Ribble Rivers Trust on admin@ribbletrust.comor 01200 444452

This is a free event but donations to the Ribble Rivers Trust are welcomed - https://ribbletrust.org.uk/donate/


SEPTEMBER

Bat walk_Forest of Bowland AONBFROM NOCTULES TO NATTERER'S: LEARN MORE ABOUT BOWLAND'S BATS
Thursday 2nd September
Time: 6.30pm – 8.00pm

 

After a wonderful online talk last year, we are happy to say that Gail Armstrong will be returning to provide us with an informative session about bat species in Bowland! Gail, volunteer bat worker, licensed bat carer and bat surveyor, will give us information about the lifestyle of bats, as well as local bat species and where to see and hear them.

Suitable for all the family. Parent/carer must be supervising any under 18s throughout this event.

Booking essential. For further information and to book a place please email jayne.ashe@lancashire.gov.uk

Online via Zoom

Free, but donations to The Bat Conservation Trust welcome https://www.bats.org.uk/donate/pledge