First For Nature

Hyndburn is the place to be if you love nature.

Baby Roe Deer

Baby Roe Deer

The spectacular natural greenspaces of Peel Park and Woodnook Vale are being recognised as the two largest Local Nature Reserves in Lancashire. This status means they are on a par with some of the best landscapes and ‘puts them on the map’ nationally.

With free and open public access, there are lots of things to do – like taking in the view from a hill top path, strolling in woodlands and meadows, watching birds and wildlife, and enjoying learning about the natural world with your family.

There are lots of organised activities too. Almost every day of the week local volunteers help out with managing the habitats with guided activities like learning to scythe in meadows, rebuilding dry stone walls, woodland management, getting new skills and qualifications and meeting like-minded people along the way.  Look out for fun events for families and young people according to the season – like woodland fun in our forest school areas, foraging for mushrooms and wildfoods, exploring for bats at dusk, mini beast hunting and lots more.

A new initiative is inviting people to get more involved as volunteer rangers to help with activities in the LNRs. Would you like to share your knowledge of these wonderful places and encourage others to explore?  Or maybe you would like to build up some environmental work experience to help with your job hunting?

Achieving the LNR status follows many years of improvements and activities by a host of local organisations and groups. Hyndburn Borough Council is the lead authority and it is supported by many others including Lancashire Wildlife Trust, the Prospects Foundation, River Ribble Trust, Lancashire County Council and local groups including Friends of Arden, Peel and the Coppice and the Baxenden Forum and many more.

Council Leader, Cllr Miles Parkinson, said; “Working together like this reflects the importance of the great places we have in Hyndburn. Not only the largest LNRs in the county, but also being the first Lancashire district to meet national targets is an achievement we can be rightly proud of.”

Cllr Ken Moss, Cabinet Member for Leisure, added: “Looking to the future, the natural beauty of Hyndburn has great potential to encourage people from other areas to visit and spend some money locally, then the benefits could be much wider in the longer term.”

If you would like to know more about activities and how to get involved, please contact Anne Hourican at Hyndburn Council on 01254 388111, or Roger Plum at the Prospects Foundation on 01254 230348 as the main contact for the volunteer rangers.

Volunteers scything a meadow

Volunteers scything a meadow