If you are visiting us between April and September you will be welcomed by our summer resident, the house martin. Who will have travelled some 3000 miles to make their nests in the eaves of the club house.
If you had a warm up on our practice range the laughing call of the green woodpecker may have been heard and you may have seen the bandit mask of the nuthatch. I am certain you will have been watched by a family of little owls, who reside in the tree just behind the range.
After playing the first two holes, to the right of the third tee there is a parliament of rooks who make themselves known with their loud rough calls. And on your walk up the fairway, in the pond on the right are coot and moorhen.
The hut on the left of the fourth tee is a nest site for a pair of swallows although, they seem not to use it as often as they did in the past. To the right of the fourth hole in the field is where you will hear rather than see the wonderful call of the curlew, its descending notes are surely one of nature’s finest sounds.
When you cross the railway the heath land part of the course provides a rather special and rare habitat, in fact there is less of this heather terrain in the world than there is rain forest. Although neglect of the land management has allowed trees to encroach onto this area, it is something that is being addressed. And it will hopefully return to a heather clad sanctuary before too long.
Having said that the pockets of heather and sand still en¬courage some rare and fascinating wildlife. Lizard and grass snake are but two of the creatures you may stumble upon.
Although we have lost the lapwing and skylark from this area, to the right of the 6th fairway, extraction of bunker sand has left perfect nesting for the sand martin, they can be seen between March and August.
Playing the 7th and 8th will take you down by the river Darwen and on the river grey wagtail dipper and kingfisher will been found. Look up to the Hoghton hills and the Ferrari of raptures the peregrine falcon preside over their kingdom.
In the scrub behind the 8th green long tailed tit have constructed their wondrous nest. If you are very lucky you could spot a flock of Hawfinch or even a lesser spotted woodpecker both rare residents to Hoghton bottom.
Coming back over the railway and on to the 11th try to keep your ball up the left, not only will you stay in bounds, but it will afford you a look up the left side where roe deer often skulk in the cover of the trees.
On to the 13th and Pheasant will squawk and flap at you as the sound of your struck golf ball is similar to the sound of their fate. To the right of the fairway in the wood is the Tawny Owls home.
When you step on the 14th tee the view of the hole is wonderful, but look to the sky and soaring in effortless flight could be a hungry buzzard.
Keeping left up the 15 is best, but if you do stray to the right look out for a flash of colour by the pond for a kingfisher is sometimes seen here.
Spray your shot to the right on 17 to your peril, but it could provide a view of tree creeper, great spotted woodpecker and even sparrow hawk.
18 comes too quickly, and a good or bad score on your card doesn't stop you hoping your next round at Pleasington will come soon.
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