The Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is a special place for upland birds thanks to its diversity of habitats and landscapes. Birds such as Hen Harriers, Ring Ouzels and Whinchats, as well as many other species, can all be found in the beautiful hills and valleys of the fells.
- Download our Birding in Bowland leaflet for places to see birds and places to stay in the Forest of Bowland AONB (PDF, 5.5mb).
Please act responsibly when visiting the countryside, especially when visiting moorland areas, as inadvertent disturbance of some of these specially protected birds could be detrimental to their well being. Ground nesting birds are particularly vulnerable and an information leaflet with an attractive bird ID guide has been put together in partnership with English Nature, the RSPB and Lancashire Countryside Service.
- You can download the Treading Carefully Leaflet (PDF, 1.1mb) in PDF format.
- Please follow the birdwatchers code of conduct.
Other Publications - 'Birdwatching Walks in Bowland'
A brand new edition (published 2016) of a popular book showcasing a wide variety of birdwatching walks throughout the Forest of Bowland AONB. It contains detailed route descriptions, maps, and other useful information, alongside fascinating history and natural history (including colour reference section).
The book is available to order online from Carnegie Publishing.