2020

Thank you to all our speakers and everyone who joined in to make 2020, although different, a great success.  If you would like to watch some of the past talks or access further information and resources linked to those events, you can view them here.

2021

We hope you will be able to join us for some events in 2021! Please see beow for events which we have coming up -


SAWLEY ABBEY: THE BUILDINGS AND PEOPLE OF A MEDIEVAL MONASTERY

Wednesday 21st April

6.30pm – 8pm

Between 1148 and 1537, Sawley Abbey was home to a community of white-clad Cistercian monks. This talk will examine the insights the abbey's ruined buildings provide into the evolution of the monks' way of life over 400 years, and question traditional notions of late medieval decline leading to Henry VIII's Dissolution of the Monasteries. It will also use art and architecture to illuminate the lives of the people who lived, prayed and worked at the abbey between the 12th and 16th centuries. 

Dr Michael Carter is senior properties historian at English Heritage. He specialises in monastic history, art and architecture and has an especial interest in the Cistercians in northern England. He has published and lectured widely.

Booking essential.  For more information and to book a place please email sandra.silk@lancashire.gov.uk or phone 07973 923142

Free, but donations to English Heritage are welcomed https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/support-us/donate-now/


BUMBLEBEES FOR BEGINNERS

Thursday 6th May

12noon – 1pm

Bumblebees are declining in our countryside, but one important way to help with their conservation is learning how to identify the different species and record what you see for the national records on iRecord.

In this Forest of Bowland AONB/Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust workshop you can learn about their lifecycle, why they are important and how to identify our seven more common species.

Booking essential.  Please contact carol.edmondson@lancashire.gov.ukfor more information and to book a place.

Free, but donations to Champion Bowland welcome via https://www.championbowland.org.uk/


RIBBLE RIVERS TRUST VIRTUAL BAT WALK

Tuesday 1st June

6.30pm – 8pm approx

Join Ribble Rivers Trust on a virtual bat walk in the Hodder catchment, where we will learn more about these elusive nocturnal mammals. The evening begins with a family-friendly presentation about bats, their behaviour, diet and habitat - and how we can help them.

Booking essential. Please contact the Ribble Rivers Trust on admin@ribbletrust.com or 01200 444452

£5 per family. (Your donation will go directly to Ribble Rivers Trust and will help to create and improve habitat for bats and other species in the Ribble catchment.)


RIBBLE RIVERS TRUST VIRTUAL FISH PASS TOUR

Tuesday 22nd June

6.30pm – 7.30pm

Join Ribble Rivers Trust for a virtual tour of one of our fish passage projects in the Forest of Bowland AONB. Find out all about the project, from why the fish pass is needed, to how it was built and which species it will help. One of our Project Officers will talk you through the project and take any questions.

Booking essential. Please contact the Ribble Rivers Trust on admin@ribbletrust.comor 01200 444452

This is a free event but donations to the Ribble Rivers Trust are welcomed - https://ribbletrust.org.uk/donate/


FROM NOCTULES TO NATTERER'S: LEARN MORE ABOUT BOWLAND'S BATS

Thursday 2nd September

Time: 6.30pm – 8.00pm

After a wonderful online talk last year, we are happy to say that Gail Armstrong will be returning to provide us with an informative session about bat species in Bowland! Gail, volunteer bat worker, licensed bat carer and bat surveyor, will give us information about the lifestyle of bats, as well as local bat species and where to see and hear them.

Suitable for all the family. Parent/carer must be supervising any under 18s throughout this event.

Booking essential. For further information and to book a place please email jayne.ashe@lancashire.gov.uk

Free, but donations to The Bat Conservation Trust welcome https://www.bats.org.uk/donate/pledge