Local Pendle Wildlife

Situated between the patchwork of fields that makes up the Ribble Valley and the high moors of Pendle Hill we are situated close to a wide variety of habitats. The upland pastures and wetlands are home to summer visiting Curlews Oystercatchers and Lapwings. Higher up are moorland species such as Grouse and the rare Ringed Ouzel. The more traditional farmland around us is home to many bird species and mammals such as the Brown Hare. Our local hedgerows, fields and verges are full of wildflowers and there is always something to see throughout the year. Bluebell Wood is a delight in spring, carpeted in waves of blue.

Wildlife identification books are availabe for you to borrow and we have a wildlife scrap book where you can record what you have seen.

Guided tours of the farm, our own bluebell wood and wildlife ponds are available to our guests.

Birding in Bowland Leaflet (PDF 5.5mb)

Below our own bird hide set within woodland.

Bird Hide

List of some of the species seen at Higher Gills Farm

Little owls
Tawny owls
Blackbirds
Shorteared owls(moor)
Herons
Mallards
Buzzzards
Sparrowhawks
Kestrels
Curlews
Lapwings
oystercatchers
Cuckoos
Skylarks
Snipe
Swallows

Pheasants
Partridge
Jays
Greater Spotted Woodpeckers
yellow Wagtails
Grey Wagtails
Pied Wagtails
Wrens
Blue Tits
Great Tits
Goldcrests
Chaffinches
Robins
Fieldfares
Goldfinches
Woodpigeons

We also have Hedgehogs, Hares, Foxes, Moles, sika Deer, Grey Squirrels, Voles, and Bats.

Wildlife walks and hot spots

Pendle Hill Walk (PDF 892kb)

Ogden Reservoir and Fell Wood (PDF 260kb)

Aitken Wood (PDF 265kb)

Black Moss Reservoirs (PDF 301kb)

Stocks Reservoir Walk (PDF 610kb)

RSPB Leighton Moss Recent sightings

Lancashire wildlife hot spots

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Heron

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