If the area decribed in the website link cannot be saved, it makes you wonder what a site needs in order to be safe from development.
I was on Station Road at Luddendenfoot today, which I haven’t been to recently. I looked for the very large old Hornbeam which was at the entrance to the large house at the end of the road. It has been cut down, probably to widen the entrance to the new estate of houses which have just been built.
Too late to bother now but worth mentioning because it must have been the oldest Hornbeam in the valley and it is a species, even though planted, rarely seen as a tree in our locality.
We thought it amazing that toads should breed at such an altitude, (about 350m) but I have since come across them at a similar altitude at Gorpley Resr., south of Todmorden.
Good views of Common Sandpipers and Willow Warblers, but no reptiles despite the sun.