A fas­ci­nat­ing place with a fas­ci­nat­ing his­tory – and birds

Bird Watching (UK) - - Go Birding - BERNARD JONES

First check the old quarry area and you may see or hear that tiny lit­tle Wren or a few Jack­daws. Stock Doves are also pos­si­ble, plus Chif­fchaff, Black­cap, Wil­low War­bler, Whitethroat and Lesser Whitethroat and per­haps a Gar­den War­bler.

1Go through the wood­land watch­ing for Great Spot­ted Wood­pecker, and just pos­si­bly a Lesser Spot­ted, plus Nuthatch and Treecreeper. Wood­cock are pos­si­ble and Lin­net may be on the edge of the wood­land.

2The open area in­cludes Green Wood­pecker and Barn Owl. Spar­rowhawk pa­trol the wood­land edge and Buz­zard can be seen over­head.

3Fi­nally, have a look at the lit­tle pond but be­ware of the deep holes. Moorhen should be seen here.

4GRID REF: SO 605 355 HOW TO GET THERE: On the east side of Here­ford take the B4224 to Fown­hope then the mi­nor road (east) to­wards Wool­hope. About two miles turn left (north) for a few hun­dred me­tres to the re­serve en­trance WHERE TO PARK: Small park­ing space by what was the old quarry. Drive through the gate en­trance and park in about 200 me­tres Grid Ref­er­ence: SO 605 355 TER­RAIN: Level­ish but with a few slopes , deep holes near the pond AC­CES­SI­BIL­ITY: No dis­abled ac­cess. Dogs un­der con­trol. Way marked tracks. Some gates FA­CIL­I­TIES: None on site, but you’ll find what you need in nearby Here­ford PUB­LIC TRANS­PORT: Near­est rail­way sta­tion is Here­ford, Na­tional Rail En­quiries, 08457 700 240, bus ser­vices, Trav­e­line 08712 002 233 OR­GAN­I­SA­TIONS: Here­ford­shire Wildlife Trust, here­ford­shirewt.org CLUB CON­TACT: Here­ford­shire Or­nitho­log­i­cal Club, tel: 01432 850 068. COUNTY RECORDER: S P Coney, coney@blue­car­rots.com MAPS: OS Ex­plorer 189, OS Lan­dranger 149

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