In some respects we are very lucky round Rishton, although we may not realise it, or appreciate it sometimes.
We have a boundary round the district stretching 25 miles, from Lango and Wilpshire to Oswaldtwistle, from North to South, and Clayton Le Moors to Blackburn from East to West.
Within this boundary, and with careful observation, many different kinds of animals can be found.
One of the more rare sighting are of wild deer. These are usually seen in the early hours of the morning, anywhere from the hills round the New Inns, through Tottleworth, to the Dunkenhalgh. Sometimes on their own, and other sightings in groups of up to six. A breath taking sight to be seen.
Wild rabbits can seen virtually anywhere, especially round Easter time when they are breeding. Once a popular pastime, rabbit catching seems to be slowly dying out, which has lead to an increase in foxes, now their food is more readily available.
Stoats, weasels, and otters were once common in the streams and rivers, otters, sadly can no longer be seen, but keep those eyes open for the odd stoat.
The local ponds and ditches contain frogs and newts. Frog spawn during March and early April was much sought by children for their jam jars.
Owls can be heard in many trees at night time, and dusk is a great time to see bats flying. The king fisher can be seen along the river banks by the observant eye.
Moles, mice, rats, and voles can all be seen in fields and along the canal side, as well as the ducks, geese, Canadian geese which take over a complete field at a time, and swans of course. Also visible along side the canal, the heron can often be seen, or by the river, fishing for its lunch.
On the hills surrounding Rishton are the moorhens and pheasants, often hunted and shot, but still stumbled upon from time to time.
Wandering across these fields, hedgehogs can often be found, and in the woods at Cutt Wood park, and all over the area, the grey squirrel is now well established. Sadly there have been no sightings of the red squirrel.
Many types of fish are wild and free in the reservoir, canal and papermill lodge, and they are now making a return into the cleaner river Hyndburn.
Do you know of other animals that can be seen round the district? Let me know where and what for inclusion on this page.