Lancashire EcoTourism Boost

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Photo: Lancashires’ resident Trumpeter Swan photographed on the picturesque River Ribble (@MancunianBirder)

EcoTourism in Lancashire is becoming increasingly popular and EcoTourists such as birdwatchers keep the Tourism industry ticking along in some areas of Lancashire, especially in the winter months
The EcoTourism infrastructure is improving with organisations such as the Morecambe Bay Nature Tourism Business Network connecting businesses together, the University of Central Lancashire offering some great EcoTourism courses and nature reserves throughout the county such as Leighton Moss RSPB Reserve near Carnforth, Marton Mere near Blackpool and Brockholes Lancashire Wildlife Trust Reserve maturing into world class wildlife sites
A recent University of Lancashire calculation states that Martin Mere Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Reserve near Skelmersdale is worth £5.8 million per year to the economy and the overall total for the whole of Lancashire must be many times this figure, with huge future potential for this relatively new industry, especially including renewable energy
Lancashire attracts local, national and international EcoTourists to sites such as Morecambe Bay, The Forest of Bowland, The Fylde, Martin Mere and Marshside, and Lancashire is THE place to be in the winter to see huge flocks of Icelandic Pink-footed Geese with an estimated 100,000 visiting the county during the winter, coining the phrase “The Pink-footed Pound!”
Birdwatchers are currently flocking to see a mega rare Ross’s Goose on Newton Marsh, 3 Cattle Egrets on Marshside and tiny Yellow-browed Warblers that have arrived on The Fylde all the way from Siberia/Asia, including a bird that was found on Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Also recently a flock of 24 Snow Geese on the Ribble Estuary and sightings of Greenland White-fronted Goose, Brent Goose, Barnacle Goose and Whooper Swans on Martin Mere
James Walsh aka The Mancunian Birder, a qualified Ecologist from North England EcoTourism commented “With Tourism such a huge Lancashire industry and EcoTourism a big growing sector it is essential that we value, conserve and promote these amazing Lancashire wildlife sites as great assets to the flourishing green economy”

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