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Forest of Bowland
The Forest of Bowland is known for its dense broad-leaved woodland, which have been around since well before the 1600s. It has more than 200 hectares of upland oak and mixed ash woodland habitat, located mainly within the valleys of the rivers Hindburn, Roeburn, Ribble and Hodder. Such woodlands are dominated by oak, ash, birch and rowan, with significant amounts of wych elm and wild cherry. The areas also consists of bluebells, dogs mercury, ramsons, woodruff, enchanters nightshade and primrose. Visitors can often spot badger, fox and various species of bat, as well as birds including pied flycatcher, redstart, wood warbler, tawny owl and sparrowhawk. Picture: Bowland AONB
The Towers Woodland
The Towers is a beautiful small woodland area and an urban retreat. Cleveleys is an urban area so its nice to have somewhere a little wild to escape to. Especially since the salty marine air makes it difficult for trees to grow elsewhere. Its a lovely spot for a walk among the trees to watch the wildlife.
Masons Wood, in Fulwood, Preston, is one of the Woodland Trusts top ten bluebell woods, with mid-April through to early June the best time to spot the blue beauties.
The area comprises mainly mature mixed broad leaf woodland and boasts a rich ground flora.
It has eight main entrances and a network of footpaths linking the site to the surrounding open space and public footpath network.
It is well used by locals.
Wyre Estuary Country Park
Wyre Estuary Country Park has a woodland and geology explorers trail, offering a chance to learn about the wildlife and native trees in the parks woodland setting. Recreational opportunities include walking, cycling and horse riding, as well as the Wyreside trail - adapted for the visually impaired.
Find out more at www.wyre.gov.uk/info/200475/wyre_estuary_country_park/49/birds_and_wild_flowers