We would normally be delivering different sessions across all of the projects throughout the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership. We look forward to meeting new people, and delivering regular sessions to participants throughout the Pendle Hill landscape area.

Unfortunately, we currently cannot deliver these group, face to face events and activities. Instead, we are teaming up with our wider Forest of Bowland AONB team, and hope to deliver a number of online activities and events over the next few months.

These will either be live events which you'll need to pre-book, or recordings which you'll be able to enjoy when it's convenient.

All our online opportunities will be listed on this page, including details of how to book where needed.  Most of the events will be free but donations to Champion Bowland will always be welcome.

We'll be adding more events as we get the details finalised so do keep checking back to see what's new!




Saturday 4th July 2020

National Meadows Day - Virtually

10.30 - 12 noon

The Forest of Bowland AONB contains a significant number of the UK's remaining upland hay meadows - one of our rarest habitats. Unfortunately, this summer we can't celebrate National Meadow Day amongst the fields and flowers, so we're bringing them to you online instead!

Join us for a morning of meadow plant ID with Farming and Wildlife Officer Sarah Robinson; a film of the meadows at Bell Sykes taken this June; an interview with Rachel and Richard Trenchard, producers of Goosnargh Gin's Hay Time seasonal distillation; plus a reminder of previous Meadow Day fun. 

This event will be hosted as a series of live Zoom sessions.

Cost: Free

Booking essential: Please book via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/national-meadows-day-online-tickets-108426767380

Wednesday 15th July 2020

Discover Bowland's Waders

7.00 - 8.30pm

The acrobatic flight of the lapwind and bubbling call of the curlew are amongst the iconic sights and sounds of the uplands in spring.

Many of our wader species have undergone severe declines due to habitat loss and poor breeding succes but, encouraginly in parts of Bowland, populatinos have been holding steady thanks to sympathetic land management practices.

Join RSPB Conservation Advisor, Hilary McGuire, for an insight into Bowland's wading birds and the work being done with farmers and land managers to boost their numbers here in the AONB.

This event will be hosted as a series of live Zoom sessions.

Cost: Free - but donations to RSPB (via link on booking) are welcomed

Booking essential: Please book via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/discover-bowlands-waders-tickets-110966327272

Wednesday 22nd July 2020

Lost woods, Shadow woods with Professor Ian Rotherham

2.00pm - 3.30pm

We are delighted to host Professor Ian Rotherham of Sheffield Hallam University who will present 'Lost woods, Shadow woods.'

Professor Rotherham is the author of numerous books on landscape, history and ecology. He has organised successful conferences on woodland and, more recently, on Rewildling. No stranger to the Forest of Bowland, Ian studied at the University of Lancaster.

Ian will introduce the concept of 'lost woods'. Lost woods may not appear on maps as woodlands, or even have names but can be indicators of former land-use over hundreds of years. There will be a second part of this series, 'An Introduction to Rewilding' in the autumn, based on a book he is currently writing.  

This event will be hosted as a live Zoom session.

Cost: Free 

Booking essential: Please book via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lost-woods-shadow-woods-with-professor-ian-rotherham-tickets-111938440890

Thursday 30th July 2020

Bowland's Bats: Sounds and Detectors

6.30 - 8.00pm

Gail Armstrong will be joing us for a second time to give us more of an insight into the world of bat sound and bat detectors. This session is for anyone who may already own a bat detector or who may be interested in buying one, and would like to know more about how to use a detector and just what they can detect!

This event will be hosted as a series of live Zoom sessions.

Cost: Free - but donations to the Bat Conservation Trust (via link on booking) are welcomed

Booking essential: Please book via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bowlands-bats-sound-and-detectors-tickets-111116101250

In place of our usual annual Gathering, which was due to be held in May 2020, we are proposing A Digital Gathering for one month in August. In-Situ will host a series of 4 themed talks that go deeper into PHLP and the activity, ideas and challenges behind the programme and those involved.


The series of free talks, held on Wednesdays at 4.00pm, will use the ‘Talkaoke’ format via Zoom and will also be livestreamed on Pendle Hill LP's Facebook page and accessible there afterwards.


To join us just click on the register link below the event description and you will be sent details of how to join the Zoom meeting in advance of the date specified.



  1. Traditions, stories and folklore (Wednesday 5th August 4.00pm – 5.30pm)

Pendle has a strong history of radical thinkers, join us to delve deeper into our intriguing local history.


We will be discussing:

• What are we learning about Pendle’s past

• Political radicals

• What is it about this area that makes people do the things they do?

• Clarion House and Hut

• Suffragettes

• Summit Stones iconography

• George Fox

• What the Hill Heard - stories and memories of Pendle

• Everyday stories and history





2)  Interventions into the landscape (Wednesday 12th August 4.00pm – 5.30pm)

Join us for an open discussion about our local landscape and the work being done to

maintain our outdoor spaces.


We will be discussing:

• What practical intervention work has been done around the hill so far (ie footpaths, boundaries, wildlife conservation, tree planting)

• How many people has this affected - employed, skills, benefits, etc

• What is the process of deciding what happens where and what gets put in place?

• Preservation / Conservation of the landscape

• How can people get involved in learning new skills and preserving the landscape




3. Sustainable tourism and increasing access to the hill for everyone (Wednesday 19th Aug 4.00pm – 5.30pm)

Join us in discussing our local landscape, Pendle Hill and the surrounding areas.


In this session we will be discussing:

• How has the number of visitors to the hill changed?

• What impact has this had on local people and regular visitors?

• What impact has access to the hill had for those who hadn’t visited before?

• Is it right to increase access to the landscape?

• How does this affect biodiversity and natural habitats?

• Thoughts on environmental sustainability - what practical steps might be taken to

minimise the negative impacts of increased visitors?



4. The Future of Communities around Pendle Hill (Wednesday 26th Aug  4.00pm – 5.30pm)

What is the future for the places we live?


In this session we will be discussing:

• What can the past tell us about the future?

• What do want the future of?

• What is the future of work in our area, looking at rural and digital economies

• Funding community projects - how to enable change within the community

• Connecting the two sides of the Hill

• How have past projects helped bring people together to achieve things in their

communities? What more could be done?

• Diversity and landscape