Homes for birds: Twite Recovery Project, South Pennines

Posted: 14.03.11

The Pennine Twite

‘Is that a cow or a sheep?’

‘That was the best day ever!’

‘I’ve always wanted to stroke a cow, but I’ve never dared before.’

‘If I speak in English, will the sheep understand me?’

These were just some of the remarks made by Primary School children after a week run by the Haworths of Higher Allescholes Farm, Walsden who not only are involved in the Twite Recovery project, but also run educational projects for young people.

In February, Yvonne Howarth ran a full week for local school children who came up to the farm at Ramsden for a day. They built bird boxes for robins, bird tables for garden birds, and learnt about our little Pennine Finch, the Twite (which of course doesn’t need a nest box as it is ground nesting), who has been seen on the moors and the nearby meadows foraging for seed over the last few years.

Check on http://ramsdenfarm.org for further details about Spring and New Life events (2nd May – 13th May); Open Farm Sunday on 12th June for all the family and Shearing and the History of Wool projects (July 4th – 8th).

Yorkshire Water United Utilities Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council National Farmers Union
South Pennines Association Lancashire County Council Pennine Heritage Kirklees Council Calderdale Council
Bradford District Council Northern Rail Natural England Environment Agency The National Trust