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.
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...
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.