Birds of many feathers flock together
Whether you’re a serious birdwatcher or simply enjoy observing garden birds, there’s a wealth of birdlife in the countryside of the Upper Calder Valley around Elmet Farmhouse. Because of its location on a hillside surrounded by meadows, with woods and rivers in the valley below and open moorland on the uplands above, there’s an unusually diverse array of species in close proximity.
From golden plovers, lapwings and curlews up on ‘the tops’, to kestrels, swallows and pheasants in the fields, to woodpeckers, tawny owls and treecreepers in the woods and herons, dippers and grey wagtails by the river, there’s great scope for bird-watching in the hills and dales around Hebden Bridge. These photos record some of the birds encountered locally in recent years.
Great Spotted Woodpeckers