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To many of us March means spring! New life is all around and hopefully some brighter weather is on the way. Spring also brings in some of our favourite birds who arrive in the uplands to breed. Many of these birds - like curlew and lapwings - nest on the ground which makes them at high risk of disturbance. These birds are also in decline, so please do all you can to protect them when you are out and about. Make sure you follow the Countryside Code - all dogs must be on a lead in Open Access areas between 1st March and 31st July. Please also keep dogs on a lead around any farmland, and stay on paths. 
Say Hello, Wave Goodbye!
As we approach the final 8 months of the LP we sadly have to say goodbye to some of our team and welcome in the new. Dom Hartley, our 3rd graduate trainee has landed a job with the wider Forest of Bowland AONB team as Lancashire's Peatland Officer! And after 4 wonderful years as the PHLP Community Engagement Officer (and as our first graduate trainee before that) Jayne Ashe will be moving on to work across East Lancashire with Newground Together. 

We would like to welcome Christian Murry-Moon, our latest graduate trainee. Hopefully some of you will meet him out and about soon!
New Walking Series
We're currently in the process of producing a new printed walking series: 'Walking the Pendle Hill Landscape'. The new series will include 12 new routes graded from easy to difficult which will explore the villages around the hill as well as 5 routes to the summit. The new series aims to spread some of the visitor pressures away from the well-trodden paths, and encourage visitors to think about an alternative route to the summit or be inspired to try a valley or village walk with wonderful views of the hill. 
The new series will be available online and in print from Easter 2022. 
Happy Hedgerows!
Hedgerows have been an important focus for us over winter. Contractors have planted over 800m of new hedgerows at High Whitaker Farm near Fence and our volunteers have helped plant new hedgerows in West Bradford and Roughlee. Hedgerows help provide habitats for wildlife, help slow the flow of water into nearby streams and rivers and also provide important shelter for livestock. 
Hedge Laying
Despite the A - Z of storms in February, we managed to deliver 1 day of hedge laying training for 14 beginners. Thanks to Dave Padley and Andy Kirkwood for instructing the group. 

Later on that weekend we supported the Bowland hedgelaying competition, organised by the Lancashire and Westmorland Hedgelaying Society. This was held in Downham and was a great day with varying different categories of competition from complete beginner to advanced. It was great to see a number of participants who had been out on our hedge laying training get involved!
Take a look at a short film from the hedge laying competition, produced and filmed by Catapult Films
Stone Way Markers
We have added to the stone way markers that were installed on the hill a few years ago. The new sandstone markers are around the Nick of Pendle, Ogden Clough and Buttock, near Barley. Thanks to Field and Fell for installing these. 
Read more about our latest access updates here
73 Seasons
After the success of 72 seasons we are working with InSitu and community worker, Farrah, and are planning to launch this project in the spring! We hope to build on the online success of 72 seasons and engage with more community groups, promoting mindfulness in nature to more people. 
New 2022 Discover Bowland Guide!
The Forest of Bowland is full of treasures waiting to be explored, and a brand-new guide to the area aims to help locals and visitors alike discover them.
 
Read all about the valuable work of the AONB partnership as we celebrate 10 years of both hay meadow and peatland restoration work this year, as well as highlighting key activity from the Pendle Hill Project as it enters its final year of activity and engagement.  Also, peruse our case studies to learn about new funding for climate, nature, and people in the nation’s special landscapes.
Connect to nature with our Ultimate Bowland Itinerary! Explore all the hidden corners of Bowland, highlighting the wonderful seasonal variety, and showcasing the best food, drink, activities, and accommodation the area has to offer. 
Copies of the guide will be available at local Tourist Information Centres around the Forest of Bowland and can also be found at several local businesses. Or click here to email if you would like a copy posting out.
Pendle Woodland and Invasive Non Native Species
One of the last woodlands to be planted under the WINNS project began in February. Ribble Rivers Trust are planting 2364 trees in the fields either side of Whins House, Sabden. This 2.31 hectare woodland has been designed to help slow the flow of water off Pendle Hill in an effort to reduce the risk of flooding in Sabden. One section also covers an area RRT's analysis has identified as being a catchment of a priority watercourse at risk from sediment and water inputs. Both sections are also in areas where the relative risk of water flowing overland and eroding topsoil and transporting it to the river is high. Trees are a great natural solution to these problems - it's all about the right trees in the right place. 
Find out more about Natural Flood Management and the work of Ribble Rivers Trust
The Gatherings
In-Situ is delighted to announce that Hafsah Bashir will be joining us as artist in residence as part of our Gatherings programme. Hafsah will be working with communities across Pendle exploring hidden stories - old and new. Hafsah Aneela Bashir is an award winning Manchester-based poet, playwright & producer. Founder and co-director of Outside The Frame Arts, she is passionate about championing voices outside the mainstream, challenging the gatekeepers of knowledge and increasing diverse representation within the arts. Winner of the Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowship 2019, she is an Associate Artist with The Poetry Exchange, Associate Artist with Oldham Coliseum Theatre and was Supported Artist at The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
About the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership
The Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership is a four year programme of activities and events based around the heritage and landscape of Pendle Hill, led by the Forest of Bowland AONB and supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The scheme has five aims:
  • We will restore, enhance and conserve the heritage and landscape of Pendle Hill
  • We will re-connect people with the landscape
  • We will re-connect people and the past
  • We will bring together two sides of the hill
  • We will create a sustainable future for the environment, heritage and for visitor's experience of Pendle Hill.
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