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Wycoller on TV

Picture of moors above WycollerWycoller will appearing on TV over the next two Saturdays (19 and 26 March) during More4’s walking weekends. Ten specially commissioned short films will be shown between the programmes showcasing some of the UK’s most beautiful locations to go for a walk.

Viewers are invited to get lost in a landscape for one minute while a famous voice accompanies them with a reading of prose or poetry.

The warm and familiar tones of actors Michael Sheen, Phyllis Logan, Amanda Burton, Sean Bean, David Harewood and Nicola Walker are heard over gorgeous scenery offering a much needed moment to pause and take in what the natural world on our doorstep has to offer, from The Highlands of Scotland to a Pine Forest in Kent – and Wycoller.

The films will be broadcast as bookends to Walking Through History, Walking The Himalayas, Coastal Walks With My Dog and feature film Downhill across the channel’s weekend of walking programming.

For the technical amongst you these short films between programmes are known as ‘interstitials’ – you learn something every day!

The 10 films feature the following locations and texts:

The Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye – In Praise of Walking by Thomas A. Clark – Read by Phyllis Logan

Camusdarach Beach, The Highlands – Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage by Lord Byron – Read by Phyllis Logan

Slieve Donard via Glen River, County Down – The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S Lewis – Read by Amanda Burton

Causeway Coast Way, County Antrim – The Irish Sketchbook by William Makepeace Thackeray – Read by Amanda Burton

Dovedale, Derbyshire – The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame Read by Sean Bean

Buttermere, Cumbria – The Words of Alfred Wainwright – Read by Nicola Walker

Rhaeadr-fawr (Aber Falls), Gwynedd – Leisure by W.H. Davies Read by Michael Sheen

Llanddwyn Island, Anglesey – The Moment by Kathleen Raine – Read by Michael Sheen

Wycoller Country Park, Lancashire – Stanzas by Emily Bronte – Read by Sean Bean

Bedgebury Pinetum, Kent – Leaf and Tendril by John Burroughs – Read by David Harewood

Easter Eggs-travaganza


The Friends of Wycoller are pressing ahead with a full programme of events for 2016.
Details of the programme will appear soon, but we will be kicking off on Easter weekend, Sunday, March 27, with a day of traditional activities. From 10am – noon there will be Easter Egg painting for children in the Pepper Hill Barn followed by the famous Trawden Show Duck Race in the stream at 2pm.
From 3-4pm things get even more traditional with egg rolling down a steep slope – with prizes for the winners – meet at the Aisled Barn.
Don’t forget to bring your own hard boiled egg.

Sean Bean and Wycoller to star on TV

Filming with a drone at Wycoller
Watch out for Wycoller appearing on TV – again. The village and surrounding area has appeared in everything from The Railway Children film to cookery programmes and Tony Robinson’s Walking Through History to Hidden Villages with one-time resident Penelope Keith.
Recently a crew from True North TV were filming for a short video to appear alongside a day of walking programmes which will be broadcast soon on More4. They used a drone-mounted camera to film a slow-motion piece along a footpath close to the Panopticon. The soundtrack of the film will include actor Sean Bean reading a section from Wuthering Heights.
If we get to know when it will be shown, we’ll let you know – but keep your eyes peeled!

County Cuts

Web-PackhorseThe future of Wycoller Country Park is unclear after Lancashire County Council announced that it planned to axe the Countryside Service by 2018 – and start making cuts now.

They have launched a public consultation and want to know what people think about their plans. The timing of the consultation is unfortunate as it is taking place in the winter months when comparatively few people visit the country parks – but we want people who love Wycoller to make their feeling known.

Click HERE to go to the Country Council’s consultation page – to comment on the future of the Countryside Service, it only takes a couple of minutes!

The Friends of Wycoller have also launched an on-line petition and we would like you to add your name. Click HERE to go to the petition.

We would ask you to BOTH comment and sign the petition in order to have the biggest influence on decision makers at County Hall, and if any of your friends and family also like Wycoller please ask them to also give their support.

Join us on Facebook

facebook_logoWycoller Friends now have a page on Facebook and we would like you to join us. It is superb way for us to keep in touch and we can let you know what is happening in the country park. Click on the logo and it will take you to our page, like and share the page with your friends and let them know about Wycoller’s magic.

Blue tits hatched

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The eggs have hatched out in the blue tits nest box and you can check them out on East Lancashire’s own ‘Springwatch’ in the Aisled Barn – which is a wildlife haven on its own. There are two blackbird nests in the beams and the bats, its fingers crossed for them as a cold wet spring could be a disaster. The ‘bird tree’ was full of life over the weekend with great tits, blue tits, coal tits, chaffinch, jack, blackbird thrush, woodpecker, squirrels and rabbits paying a visit – perhaps its time you also popped along!

Taster Day

Blue tit eggs
The Wycoller ‘Taster Day’ went very well, on Bank Holiday Monday, with stacks of work being carried out at Wycoller, and here is evidence of the blue tits in the next box – or rather their eight eggs on CCTV in the barn.

Stay Safe

Wycoller Hall
The Friends have made a plea to visitors to STAY SAFE during their visit to Wycoller. There are increasing concerns about people climbing on the ruins of Wycoller Hall despite signs warning that it is unsafe, not only are they putting themselves at risk, but also damaging the fabric of the Hall with pieces falling off.
Cyclists are also asked to take extra care, particularly when riding down the Dene towards Wycoller village. “Often they come down the track quite quickly and don’t realise visitors – particularly children – could be in the road. One rider almost collided with a vehicle heading to a local farm he ended up in the stream,” said Friends chairman, Roger Cunliffe.

Bats are Back

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Wycoller’s colony of bats are back and roosting in the barn and should soon be giving birth to young. The resident colony are Natterers bats, which are quite rare and we have a CCTV camera in the bat box, but the tiny mammals get up a head of steam in the bat box and grease up the lens on the mini camera – so the pictures are not very clear. We will be holding Bat Walks later in the summer (check out our Events Guide for details and how to book)

Blue Tits

Blue tits nesting in a box built in to the aisled barn began nesting, but then vanished when the temperature dropped as the park was plunged back into winter temperatures. The GOOD NEWS is that they are back again and have laid eight eggs and it is all visible on CCTV in the barn Visitor Centre. It is Wycoller’s version of Springwatch and everyone is welcome to view the birds in action.