Bowland walks will raise funds for hen harriers

A hen harrier. Photo courtesy of the RSPB
A hen harrier. Photo courtesy of the RSPB

The next wildlife spotting moorland safaris, organised by United Utilities and the RSPB in Bowland, will be on May 5 and 16; June 7 and 27 and July 4.

The walks are being led by the RSPB’s Jude Lane, who will reveal the special moorland wildlife which make Bowland their home during the spring and summer months.

She says: “I love working in Bowland and it’s great have the chance to show people what makes this area so special.

“Hopefully, we’ll be able to see the elusive ring ouzel, which comes from Northern Africa to breed on the moorland plateau and the tiger beetle, an insect famous for its ability to run at high speeds.

“Soaring above the moorland, we may also be able to spot charismatic birds of prey such as peregrines, kestrels and buzzards.

“If we are really lucky we may even spot a hen harrier, England’s most threatened bird of prey and the emblem of the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.”

The UU Bowland Estate used to be England’s stronghold for hen harriers but the birds are now so rare they have not bred there for the past two seasons.

All walks are five miles long and begin at 9.30am. Tickets are £5 and need to be booked in advance by contacting Fariha Quraishi on 01524 581001. All money raised will be put back into the conservation of hen harriers.

The moorland safaris are part of the year-round Festival Bowland, organised by the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.