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bitterns?

No, not on the lane, but were there once bitterns in Rossendale? T.H Heyhurst in his study of the volunteer movements of East Lancs includes the following interesting observation:

‘The boggart holes and cloughs by the Irwell side have become the seat of a wealth-producing industry. Where the shrill cry of the bittern was formerly, the whirr of the shuttle and the scream of the engine are heard.’

(T.H Heyhurst, ‘A History and Some Records of the Volunteer Movement in Bury, Heywood, Rossendale and Ramsbottom.’ First published 1886.)