The Yorkshire Dales and Bowland Area is rich in flora and fauna and provides an important habitat for many species of birds, mammals, reptiles and plants.
Use this link to find good places to watch birds and wildlife in the Bowland Area.
Bird watching is particular popular in the area. The 'big five' ground nesting birds include the Curlew, Skylark, Red Grouse, Lapwing and Oystercatcher. The breeding season is from the beginning of March to the end of July so it is important to keep to tracks and paths as much as possible to reduce the amount of disturbance.
However, there is so much more!
The upland heath areas of the Yorkshire Dales and Bowland are dominated by heather and occasionally bilberry.
They are ideal breeding grounds for hen harriers, merlins and golden plovers. Whereas the limestone grassland is an ideal habitat for lapwings and the Northern Brown Argus butterfly, which is restricted to the north of England.
Wet acid grassland is important nationally for birds such as skylarks, redshanks, curlew and snipe. They occur mainly at high altitude. On the moors (over 300m) you'll find areas of blanket bog, which is important for breeding dunlin and golden plovers.
Down in the ancient semi-natural woodland the red squirrel still has a tenuous hold. However, there is a continuing threat from grey squirrels competing for food and living space.
The hedgerows in Bowland and in some areas of the Dales are important for farmland birds such as grey partridge and song thrush as well as bats, butterflies and moths.
For more information on wildlife and habitat in the Yorkshire Dales National Park click here.
Here is a selection of special local places where you can view wildlife in its natural habitat.
- Malham Tarn is a unique natural lake. Protected by the National Trust, this special wetland area can be enjoyed from a path along part of the shore. Great Crested Grebe have been known to nest along the shoreline. Call Malham Tarn Field Centre on Tel: 01729 830331 or visit the website, www.field-studies-council.org/malhamtarn, for more information.
- Malham Cove - look through an RSPB telescope to spot peregrine falcons and other birds soaring above and around the massive limestone cliffs. Delicate wild flowers shelter in the shallow limestone pavement cracks on the top of the cove, which can be seen by those who want to make the climb.
- Natural England also provides a wealth of information on nature reserves and special sites throughout the country. Including their Ingleborough nature reserve, leaflets are available in our reception.For further information on national and local nature reserves in the Yorkshire Dales area click here
Alternatively, pick up your binoculars, keep your dog on a lead and take a stroll out in our surrounding countryside. Do remember birds and dogs do not mix well!
Here is a list of birds likely to be seen around or near to Dalesbridge:
Black- headed gull
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Red Legged Partridge