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Bird Watching (UK) - - Go Birding -

THIS SU­PERB LIT­TLE re­serve is on the south bank of the River Ceiriog, which bor­ders Eng­land and Wales. The birds vary from the wood­land species to wa­ter lovers and high in the sky there’s the pos­si­bil­ity of a tan­ta­lis­ing glimpse of the Na­tional Bird of Wales, the Red Kite! Orig­i­nally ac­quired by the Wood­land Trust in 1987 and turned into a wildlife site with oak, Alder, Hazel, Ash and Wild Cherry planted, it is now a beau­ti­ful area to visit. There’s a good chance that you will see a Grey Heron – pos­si­ble due to the close prox­im­ity of the Ceiriog Val­ley Trout Fish­eries! The de­light­ful lit­tle Wren is wide­spread here, and this is a good time to hear its big voice. This is a lovely time of year, es­pe­cially early morn­ing, to hear lots of dif­fer­ent birds, so the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to hone your knowl­edge of bird calls and songs. With the river nearby, the range of birds in­creases, and you could see the Dipper and King­fisher. Not only can you could see birds of prey here, but there is also a good view of Chirk Cas­tle, which is on the hill op­po­site.

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From the en­trance stile head down through the wood check­ing for Lesser and Great Spot­ted Wood­peck­ers, var­i­ous tits and finches, Black­bird, war­blers, Jay, Nuthatch and Treecreeper. Black­cap and Spot­ted Fly­catcher may also be seen.

1Then go down to the river, where you should see Grey Heron and King­fisher.

2 3The track fol­lows the river and there is a small stream flow­ing down the hill, watch for Dipper. Look out for Mal­lard, Mute Swan, Coot, Moorhen, Goosander and Tufted Duck.

Go back up through the wood­land to an open area, so glance sky­wards for Red Kite, a pos­si­ble Buz­zard, Spar­rowhawk or Kestrel. Also look for Tree Spar­row.

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Lesser Spot­ted Wood­pecker Grey Heron

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