Bowland Hay Time

The Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) lies to the west of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It is internationally important for its heather moorland, blanket bog and rare birds and also contains a significant number of hay meadows. It also has many meadows that can be restored.

Working with the AONB we launched the Bowland Hay Time project in May 2012. Sarah Robinson, the Bowland Hay Time Project Officer, and is based primarily in the AONB office in Dunsop Bridge, deep in the heart of the AONB. 

The project

The project was based on Hay Time and aimed to restore 40 hectares of species-poor meadow. This target was exceeded - with Sarah co-ordinating meadow restoration work on almost 50 hectares of degraded meadow, setting the meadows off on the road to recovery.

The project also aimed to raise awareness about the meadows and enable people to get involved in conserving, restoring and celebrating them.

Bowland Hay Time was also linked with our Sowing the Seeds project.

The future

The original project finished in March 2014 but was
so successful that another partnership project was
launched with the AONB to continue the work called Networks for Nectar.


Bowland Hay Time was a partnership between YDMT and the Forest of Bowland AONB. The work was supported by Natural England, Lancashire Wildlife Trust, RSPB and others, and funded by the
Lancashire Environmental Fund,
the Forest of Bowland AONB and YDMT.

Find out more

You can find out more about the project at

Festival Bowland is also well worth investigating -
you can view their year round calendar of events celebrating the birds, wildlife, landscape
and culture of the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty at