If travelling from the south choose the western road past Wentwood Reservoir to give more time park at Foresters’ Oaks. See Mallard, Great Crested and Little Grebes and Coot.
1Siskins and Crossbills are resident, the latter likely to be seen with newly fledged youngsters at any time of the year while a sighting of Firecrests may provide the best thrill of the day.
2The clear-felled areas prove ideal for Tree Pipit and Whitethroat.
3 4To enjoy the thrill of a sighting a Goshawk, that most elusive of woodland predators, may require a visit shortly after dawn.
As a contrast head for the summit of Gray Hill, if only for the views over the Forest.
5Visit at dusk for Woodcock and Nightjar, or dawn for Goshawk