Bird Watching (UK) - - Go Birding - JOHN MILES

THIS IS AN ex­pand­ing re­serve with nearly 200 acres of wet­land, open wa­ter, scrub, reedbed and lime­stone grass­land. Sev­eral foot­paths run through the re­serve, giv­ing easy ac­cess to three hides. The re­serve is placed be­tween the wa­ter­sheds of both the River Ure and River Nidd, with some ma­jor gravel work­ings on both en­cour­ag­ing pas­sage birds, trav­el­ling over land, to drop in. Com­mon Terns nest on GRID REF: SE 369 630 POST­CODE HG5 9LQ. HOW TO GET THERE: From A1M take junc­tion 48 at Bor­ough­bridge for A6055 to­wards Knars­bor­ough through Min­skip tak­ing a right turn for Staveley WHERE TO PARK: Re­serve car park TER­RAIN: The paths are of­ten solid with oc­ca­sional wet ar­eas. Best to use stout footwear AC­CES­SI­BIL­ITY: All-year-round FA­CIL­I­TIES: At Staveley and Bor­ough­bridge PUB­LIC TRANS­PORT: Buses run ev­ery hour past the re­serve from Bor­ough­bridge to Har­ro­gate, where there are main­line trains LO­CAL GUIDE:­serves/ staveley-na­ture-re­serve OR­GAN­I­SA­TIONS: York­shire Wildlife Trust, tel: 01904 659570, CLUB CON­TACT: Har­ro­gate and Dis­trict Nat­u­ral­ists So­ci­ety­ber­ship/, Sec­re­tary, COUNTY RECORDER: York­shire North (West) Steve Wor­wood, steve@wor­wood. en­ York­shire North (East), Phil Bone, MAPS: OS Ex­plorer 297/298, OS Lan­dranger 104 rafts pro­vided, show­ing their abil­ity to travel well in­land from the sea. More than 200 species of birds have been recorded here, with the Red Kites a great ad­di­tion to breed­ing in an area where even a Buz­zard in win­ter was once a big deal. Over the years, species like Green-winged Teal, Com­mon Scoter, Ruddy Shel­duck, Gar­ganey and Scaup have ap­peared, to join the breed­ing Tufted Ducks and win­ter­ing Gold­eneye, Wi­geon and Teal. Glossy Ibis, White Stork, Night Heron, Spoon­bill and Bit­tern have dropped in while nine species of war­blers can breed, in­clud­ing Grasshop­per and Reed War­bler. Savi’s War­bler was a rare find, while Os­prey, Hobby and Marsh Har­rier are be­com­ing reg­u­lar.

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