Get to know Pennine Yorkshire's distinctive bird life

The high moorlands are particularly important for waders, and have been given official status both as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and (under the European Union's Birds Directive) as a Special Protection Area.  A significant number of curlews and lapwing breed here, as do Golden plover, snipe and dunlin. Raptors are present too, including the peregrine falcon, merlin and short-eared owl. The hen harrier, recovering slowly from persecution, breeds close by in Bowland.

Pennine Yorkshire is the most important habitat in England for the twite, appropriately enough also known as the Pennine finch. Indeed the RSPB has designated the land between Huddersfield, Rochdale and Keighley as England's ‘twite triangle'. Special measures are being taken in land management to help the bird grow in numbers.

In the valleys, the fast-slowing streams are home to the attractive chocolate-and-white dipper. Meadow Pipits, Skylarks and Lapwings are regular visitors to Blackmoorfoot Reservoir in Meltham. Walkers strolling beside the canals should keep an eye out for kingfishers flashing by.

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Black hill

There are numerous walks for all abilities in Pennine Yorkshire.  Our towns and villages are geared up to meet walkers' needs and Hebden Bridge was the country's first Walkers are Welcome town. See what's on offer here.



Pennine Yorkshire offers some of the most demanding climbs and exhilarating descents the UK has to offer. Click here for a rundown...

Pennine Must See

Pennine must-see

Our region is rich in heritage and proud to host many unique and varied attractions. There are some you simply must see during your stay at Croft Mill... find out more here.

Family Holidays

Family Holidays

The flexibility of a serviced, self-catering apartment along with the convenient location of Hebden Bridge make Croft Mill apartments the ideal base for families to explore the Pennine region and beyond. More information on family activities...