What we do
Image: Steve Round
Bowland’s nationally important populations of breeding lapwings, curlews, redshanks, snipe and oystercatchers are declining. This is due to landscape-scale drainage of fields that used to be damp and boggy, and intensification of grassland management.
Traditionally managed, late-cut, diverse hay meadows have been replaced with early-cut monocultures of rye grass silage. As a result, Bowland’s wading birds have fewer areas in which to feed and successfully raise their chicks.
However, many farms still have areas where a more traditional farming style survives, and the birds continue to do well here - maintaining and increasing these important populations is key to halting their declines.
Encouraging farmers and landowners to enter land into agri-environment schemes ensures that these valuable habitats are managed sympathetically for these birds.
Bowland’s in-bye grazing pasture and meadows – prime breeding wader habitat.
Curlew watching over its chicks from stone wall at Deep Clough Farm
Galloway cattle at Deep Clough Farm
Bowland Wader Project - 2015 Newsletter
Latest newsletter on the Bowland Wader Project
Date: 5 May 2015
Gavin ThomasConservation AdvisorE-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Ribble Valley Borough Council
Wyre Borough Council
Lancashire County Council
Ribble Rivers Trust
Cobble Hey Farm, near Garstang