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THIS AREA WAS pre­vi­ously known as the Far Slades, which meant a marshy val­ley, then the wooded part was called the ‘Brake in Far Slades’ so we have an in­ter­est­ing area that was gifted to the Here­ford­shire Wildlife Trust (HWT) in the 1970s by Mrs Betty Evans and is now a de­light­ful na­ture re­serve. The derelict wood­land area has some ex­tremely large Hazel trees and some dead Elm at­tract­ing those Great Spot­ted Wood­peck­ers. So we have quite a good mix of habi­tat and with Haugh Wood on the nearby hills there should be a good range of birds around and with spring just around the cor­ner the list could be long! This is an area of lovely rolling coun­try­side so there are a num­ber of re­serves and the Wye Val­ley is des­ig­nated an Area of Out­stand­ing Nat­u­ral Beauty (AONB) so in all we have good prospects for the com­ing year. The Field­fares are head­ing off with some Redwings and Mis­tle Thrushes but the range of birds comes with owls, birds of prey and a va­ri­ety of wood­land species and the area is known for the oc­ca­sional rarer bird like Cross­bill, Grasshop­per War­bler and Hawfinch, all of which have been recorded in this area. Sadly, the lovely song of the Nightin­gale is no longer heard – but, you never know… Dawn and dusk both of­fer good po­ten­tial for bird­song

Great Spot­ted Wood­pecker Wood War­bler

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