My favourite place in Lancashire - Alan Wright

PUBLISHED: 00:00 22 February 2019

Alan Wright with Alfie on Brinscall Moor

Alan Wright with Alfie on Brinscall Moor

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Alan Wright of the Lancashire Wildlife Trust explains why he – and Aflie the Lakeland Terrier – love Brinscall Moor

As we drove into Brinscall in 2003 to look at a possible new home, I remember the West Pennine Moors rising up ahead – magnificent.

We bought the house and that walk up onto Brinscall Moor has been my joy ever since. The world slows down up here and the views into Lancashire, Cumbria and Wales are astonishing.

I walk with Alfie, and he becomes a Lakeland Terrier in his natural surroundings bouncing up and down in the grasses – now you see him, now you don’t.

This is landscape with so much wildlife and so much history. People used to live up here. Limestone pits and drystone walls add to white, fluffy cottongrass in spring and purple heather in summer.

I have seen hobby, buzzard, red deer, roe deer, weasel, red fox and noisy, defensive curlew. Every day is different with extremes of weather making things interesting.

Years ago Julie, my partner, and I came upon a damaged skylark. I believe it had been downed by a hawk. I put it in my hat and took it home. It had a damaged leg and wing, I thought a towel and a box would at least be a warm place for it to pass away.

Two days later I had to buy a cage and start feeding the little fellow. He improved every day and I gave him easy flying lessons in the kitchen. His cage was in a window at the foot of the stairs and each morning he would sing and sing.

Bird experts at the Wildlife Trust were amazed he had survived and it was soon time to let him go. I took him onto Brinscall Moor and he flew off into the distance. Now, when Julie, Alfie and I sit on the wall overlooking West Lancashire we often hear the song of a skylark above. “That will be Cyril or one of his kids.” I hope so.

You can start the walk at Well Lane in Brinscall, PR6 8QX.

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