Bowland Dippers

Haredon Brook
Haredon Brook

A few highlights from the Trough of Bowland.

Thankfully the area still remains relatively wild and unspoilt. In early Spring its still possible even at weekends to walk along valleys and up footpaths without seeing another soul. Having enjoyed a walk last year along Langdon Brook up to the “Castle” on this occasion I decided upon following one of its tributaries uphill.

Dipper
Dipper

Spectacular scenery. With large parts of the area managed by United Utilities the brook is crystal clear and looks to be in pristine condition. Not a bad place for the resident Dippers to call home. Certainly a big improvement on the conditions that their urban relatives endure.

Grey Wagtail (male
Grey Wagtail (male)

Another bird frequently found on fast flowing brooks. In contrast to the Grey Wagtails found closer to home on the River Mersey at Haredon they appear to be summer visitors.

Dippers courtship display and mating at Haredon Intake
A pair of Dippers involved in a bit of courtship at the Haredon Intake plant.
Pair of Dippers
Dipper on Haredon Brook
Dipper on Haredon Brook

Superb birds to watch especially when walking under the crystal clear water.

Curlew one of several heard calling from above the valley
Curlew one of several heard calling from above the valley

Further up the valley great to hear and see several waders in their summer breeding areas especially Curlews and Oystercatchers. Also several Meadow Pipits displaying and Stonechats calling.

Sheepdogs
One for Jake – the home for naughty dogs!

Traditional stone kennels used to house the local sheepdogs. With it being lambing season the dogs looked a bit bored and fed up. No doubt they’ll soon be plenty of work to keep them busy.