Wenlock Edge comes to an end here, but not the birds
THIS IS AN interesting walk along the last few miles of Wenlock Edge, which runs from Craven Arms to the River Severn at Ironbridge. River, woodland and open areas provide a range of birding possibilities. Rabbit Warren Plantation has several tracks, so you can wander around checking for woodland birds, particularly Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch and Treecreeper. And where does the unusual name Wigwig come from? Well, originally it was “Wigewic” in the Domesday Book, from an Old English personal name “Wyga” and “wic” meaning settlement, and over the years it has changed to its current format. The road here is very narrow so it might be best to park at Homer, where there is a small layby near the phone box. There’s a waymarked sign to follow north, then northwest, towards the Sheinton Brook, where you have a good chance of seeing a colourful Kingfisher. Carry on into woodland, which has several different local names including Bannister’s Coppice, Rabbit Warren Plantation and The Springs. It is all deciduous woodland with the usual woodpeckers, Nuthatch and Treecreeper – and some Tawny Owls. Spring mornings are full of birdsong, especially Garden and Wood Warblers, Blackcap and Chaffinch. Birds of preys such as Sparrowhawk and Buzzard are around, and Red Kite, now seen more often in parts of Shropshire, is possible, so keep a look out for one.