Ecology Overview

The Area designated by Burnley Borough Council as a Prime Greenfield site suitable for development has a varied topography being a combination of rich arable and grazing land adjoining a lush naturally formed wetland with various Water Courses, Streams, Rising underground springs and an idyllic naturally formed Pond.
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The designated area contains many trees, bushes and hedgerows, that are home to many indigenous and area specific species of plants and insects. It is bordered by dense areas of forest and pocketed with areas of natural man made copse plantations instigated by the Forest of Burnley Project.
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Hollins Cross Farm is home to Bats, Badgers, Foxes, Rabbits, Deer, various species of Owl, Kestrels, Sparrow Hawk, Merlin and other protected Birds of Prey are all regularly seen in the field, by residents of Glen View Road, Woodplumpton Farm, Wilkie Avenue, Fairways Drive and Hollins Cross Farm. More so recently there are nesting pairs of curlews adjacent to the site, these being classed as a protected species.
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The upper part of the field has been for the past 20 years been rich grazing land for cattle with large areas of the upper part of the field that are harvested every year for silage. It has a steep incline, it contains natural waterways, streams, gullies and underground springs that rise in a number of areas to aid the natural water drainage of the surrounding hills. Destruction of watercourses and natural springs damage the environment.
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The center part of the field is meadow land intersected with streams / watercourses containing many species of flora and fauna and is again rich pasture land and used for grazing. This area also terrain wise is of a steep incline.

The lower part of the field is a wetland of lush marsh grasses, reeds, plants and rushes with intersecting streams and water courses. The lower half also contains a naturally formed pond that is home to breeding water fowl and birds. The wetland and pond can be seen from aerial photography and has been there for over 50+ years.
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Hollins Cross Farm wildlife

Across the fields can be seen a varied selection of wildlife throughout the calendar year, all these are common sites . Residents of the surrounding area see these animals, birds and bats throughout the year and due to the quite countryside that has very little light pollution this type of environment nutures and sustains wildlife.

Light pollution has a catostophic impact on the sustainability of an area to support wildlife.
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An interactive map is available just to see the damage that is being done by Urban Sprawl and over development into Green Field areas. The Hollins Cross Farm site borders onto a conservation area that is included in the Southe Pennine Moors. Light Pollution WILL effect that conservation area with "bleed over" and it will restrict the wildlife in both areas by interferring with the Breeding Populations of many protected species of Bats, Birds, Animals, Amphibians and Insects
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Light Pollution at Hollins Cross Farm

The last Survey of the Hollins Cross Farm site for wildlife and ecology was done in 1988 - Burnley Council has not approached any Wildlife Trusts to validate that the Hollins Cross Farm site IS ecologically sensitive and should not be destroyed by development. Here is an extract from an Email from the Wildlife trust for Lancashire.

From: John Lamb []
Sent: 05 September 2016 09:54
To: {removed to prevent spam}
Subject: RE: Burnley Borough Council Plans to Build on Greeen field site - Hollins Cross Farm

Hello {removed},

Further to your query, I have submitted comments and a number of objections to the Preferred Options consultation exercise by Burnley Council for sites that support species-rich grassland, woodland etc.

I did review the site at Hollins Cross Farm (reference number HS1/2), but the only information that the Trust has about the site is from the Phase 1 Habitat Survey of the borough that was carried out in the late 1980s, which classified the fields as agriculturally-improved grassland.

To answer your question, no Burnley Borough Council has not contacted the Wildlife Trust with regard to an Environmental / Ecological Survey of this land.
I will also raise your concerns at the Burnley Wildlife Forum, and ask if any of the local naturalists have any knowledge about the site.

Thank you for your enquiry.

Yours sincerely,


John Lamb B.Sc. (Hons.), M.Sc., MCIEEM
Senior Conservation Officer (Lancashire) and Conservation Officer for East Lancashire (Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Ribble Valley and Rossendale)

The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester & N. Merseyside
The Barn, Berkeley Drive, Bamber Bridge, Preston. Lancs. PR5 6BY
Tel: 01772 324129

Throughout the year the Roe Deer can be seen across the Hollins Cross Farm site. They are early risers and dusk time grazers on the rich arable pasture that makes up the upper 3rd of the fields.

The Mallard population has grown year on year in and around the Hollins Cross Farm Pond. They breed early on in the year and by late summer the fledgling chicks have matured in to breeding adults ready for the following year.

For over 30 years the Hollins Cros Farm field, wetlands and marshes have been an insect laden feeding ground for Bats. Every evening at dusk the Bats come to feed and are nightly visitors to all the gardens from Woddplumpton Farm along the Gardens of Glen View road and into the back gardens of house as far as Manchester Road traffic lights.

Obviosuly with the wetlands, marshes and pond comes wildlife, wildfoul chicks, frogs and amphibians, field mice and water voles. This then attracts the birds of prey, kestrels, sparrow hawks and other hunting birds.

If you know where to look on Hollins Cross Farm you wil see badgers, it is usually late at night / early mornings but they are there.

There are a lot of foxes on Hollins Cross Farm and they are brave coming into the gardens on Glen View Road and across into the estates opposite. They are after the dustbins, if we destroy the ecosystem on the Hollins Cross Farm fields there will be more Town Foxes as their Urban food chain is destroyed.

The Hares of Hollins Cross Farm are rare but they can be seen from late Spring to Early Autumn and somtimes in their distinct white winter coats.

There are still curlews feeding on and around the Marsh area of Hollins Cross Farm. Destruction of their habitat is illegal. Do not let the Council build on their feeding grounds.

There are dozens of Owls using the Hollins Cross Farm site for feeding and Breeding, the abundance of field mice, voles and water voles on the banks of the streams and watercourses frovide food to sustain the Long Eared and Barn Owls that hunt and feed here.

Moor Hens nesting near the Pond at Hollins Cross Farm Burnley

Moor Hens

Protected by Law

Moor Hens as the name suggests use the wetlands, marshes, moors and Hollins Cross Farm Pond for feeding and breeding. The long established pond is a magnet for sustaining the waterfowl. Developers cannot be allowed to destroy evenmore of the Urban sites around Burnley.

Cattle and Ducks on the pond at Hollins Cross Farm Burnley


No water No Grass NO Cattle.

Cattle have been grazing the upper 3rd of the Hollins Cross Site for over 20years, they are an important link in the ecology of the site and help sustaining the food chain that has been created by their manure which contains the nitrates and ferilizers for enriching the soil and pond.

Pheasants,Herons, Wood Pidgeons, Magpies, Crows, Red-Legged Partridges and many other Birds thrive in the Hollins Cross Farm site.