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Tours to show off Forest of Bowland wildlife

THE spectacular wildlife of the Bowland moors is set to be revealed over the next few months with the help of the RSPB.

The national bird charity is offering wildlife-lovers the chance to explore the United Utilities Bowland Estate through a series of Moorland Safaris.

The seven walks, which will be led by Jude Lane from the bird charity, will take place from April to July.

Proceeds from the events will be put directly back into the conservation of hen harriers in Northern England.

The Bowland Estate used to be England’s stronghold for hen harriers but the birds are now so rare they have not bred there for the past two seasons.

The first guided walk of the season will be held on Friday, April 4, with further events on April 12, May 5 and 16, June 7 and 27 and July 4.

Jude said: “I love working in Bowland and its great have the chance to show people what makes this area so special.

“Hopefully, we’ll be able to see the elusive ring ouzel, which comes from Northern Africa to breed on the moorland plateau and the tiger beetle, an insect famous for its ability to run at high speeds.

“Soaring above the moorland, we may also be able to spot charismatic birds of prey such as peregrines, kestrels and buzzards.

“If we are really lucky we may even spot a hen harrier, England’s most threatened bird of prey and the emblem of the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.”

All of the walks are five miles long and begin at 9.30am.

Tickets cost £5 and need to be booked in advance by contacting Fariha Quraishi on 01524 581001 or at fariha.quraishi@rspb.org.uk For more information on Festival Bowland visit www.forestofbowland.com

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