Caton and Brookhouse are situated on the north-facing slope of the Lune Valley. The villages lie in a scenic area near the celebrated Crook O'Lune – painted by Turner, praised by poets Thomas Gray and William Wordsworth. And admired by Queen Victoria.
Caton-with-Littledale Parish contains a wide range of habitats, which are home to a variety of special birds, including the rare hen harrier, the symbol of the Forest of Bowland AONB.
Birds to look out for include:
· The kingfisher. If you are very lucky, you may be able to observe the kingfisher perched, waiting motionless ready to plunge into the water if a small fish swims close.
· Sand Martins. A large colony of these birds use the sandy banks of the River Lune to nest in the summer,
· Oystercatchers, which can be seen guarding their nests to the shingle beaches during summer months.
· Goosanders, which are regular visitors to this part of the river, along with swans and numerous types of ducks and geese.
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