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.
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