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- D.I.Y. hurdles
The Rossendale Valley is rich in wildlife, and at Gawmless End, farm activities and plantings are geared to encouraging it. Bats flit by at night, and swallows nest each year in the stone sheep barn, the roof of which was deliberately built to a traditional timbered design to blend in with the rest of the property. Even the elusive local roe deer have been seen here (there are links to websites about British deer on our links page, and below.)
Linnets and goldcrests are some of the more colourful avian visitors. The birdlife has increased in recent years as the tree and shrub plantings have grown. Nesting boxes have been in place for some years and are used by blue and great tits.
Drystone walls are important in this area and are wildlife havens: weasels, mice and voles, and the ever-rarer bumble bee inhabit them. Restoration of walls is slow but ongoing. Drystone walls are important as livestock shelter, and their maintenance has high priority.
Pictures of baby blackbird, swallow, mouse, fox, sparrowhawk, robin, long-tailed tit, deer and sheep by Mrs. Sheila Riley
The South Lancs. Bat Group
All about British deer
Pictures of deer antlers etc.
Try doing a search on the BBC's science site for "Roe deer"
Where Roe deer can be found
National Fox Welfare Society
Derbyshire Fox Rescue
British Trust for Ornithology
British Ornithologists' Union
Virtual Guide to butterflies and moths
How to tell a moth from a butterfly
This site has a good Insect Section
What to plant to attract butterflies
The Amateur Entomologists' Society
The British Arachnological Society
Wild About Britain - another good wildlife site
British Nature - and another
The Wildlife Trusts
Planting to attract wildlife # 1,
wildlife # 2,
wildlife # 3,