Forest of Bowland

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The Forest of Bowland
Forest of Bowland
Situated in the centre north west England, the Forest of Bowland covers some 802 square kilometres of rural Lancashire and North Yorkshire. It is an area of national and international importance because of its unspoiled and richly diverse landscapes and wildlife.The Forest of Bowland is made up of a large central upland core of deeply incised gritstone fells and vast tracts of heather-covered peat moorland.

Steep-sided upland valleys contrast with rich green lowlands of the Ribble, Hodder, Wyre, and Lune Valleys. Well-wooded valleys criss-crossed by drystone walls and dotted with picturesque stone farms and villages are symbolic of this outstanding landscape.

Thirteen per cent of Bowland is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The moors are a major breeding ground for upland birds and the major part of the Bowland Fells is designated as a Special Protection Area under the European Birds Directive.

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Forest of Bowland
Forest of Bowland nesting Eagle OwlForest of Bowland nesting Eagle Owl
June 2007
Eagle Owls are breeding in the Forest of Bowland and have three young.However,for reasons of public safety the footpath and Access Land between Foot Holme and Whitendale Farm have been CLOSED.A number of people have been attacked by the owls, and the Lancashire Countryside Service have produced a safe access map which can be viewed by
clicking here.



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