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Goosnargh Golf is proud to be located in an area of outstanding beauty within the Lancashire countryside. The Forest of Bowland forms part of our scenic views and to complement the landscape character, Goosnargh Golf has integrated many wooded copses of native shrubs and trees.

Goosnargh Golf's natural environment was used as a template when developing the course in order to help promote flora and fauna. The streams, ponds and ditches that feature so heavily, are protected wildlife corridors to help ensure the survival of various species (therefore cannot be entered by golfers, as requested by Preston City Council, as part of the planning regulations).

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Water shrews (Neomys fodiens) for example, are semi-aquatic and are known to be present in our stream habitat. It is suggested from research undertaken, that this small mammal is severely endangered throughout the UK. Stream bank management is one vital factor to protect water shrew habitat. High usage by golfers and trampling destroys their burrows and vegetation. They also live along ditches, ponds, rough grassland and hedgerows so these areas must all be preserved for their ensured survival (protected by law under Schedule 6 of the Wildlife and Country Act 1981).

Other species present at Goosnargh Golf are :-

  • Greater Crested Newts (Triturus cristatus) - Present in our ponds and endangered and protected by law (schedule 5 of Wildlife and Country Act 1981)
  • Brown Hare (Lepus europaeus) - Present in rough grassland and tree copses. Natural population decline has been suggested.
  • Stoats (Mustela erminea) - Present in our streams, hedgerows and grassland. National population decline has been suggested.
  • Roe Deer (Capreolus capreolus)
  • Oyster Catcher (Haematopus ostralegus) - Present in rough grass (nesting). Successful nest and rearing of chick 2007.
  • Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) - Present in our ponds, ditches and streams
  • Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)
  • Grey Heron (Radea cinerea)
  • Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)

More than half the UK's top 50 courses have been designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to their nature conservation or geological value with many more being important scenic areas. Goosnargh Golf Courses' goal and therefore management is to help contribute towards protection of wildlife and promotion of a more natural landscape.

Our policies include :-

  • Keeping chemical usage to a minimum (i.e. pesticides, herbicides etc)
  • Recycling materials used by golfers, i.e. tin, plastic, cardboard
  • Using degradable plastic bags wherever possible

Please help us to support Goosnargh Golf to promote and protect our wildlife by staying out of all wildlife corridors.



Goosnargh Golf is a Preston Golf Course situated in Goosnargh, Lancashire. We are a pay and play course and our dress code and rules can be found on the Rules navigation link above.