AVINGTON COM­MON HAS

Bird Watching (UK) - - Go Birding - PAUL TRODD

Lsur­vived and pros­pered ow­ing to ac­tive man­age­ment by the Na­tional Trust. Although the com­mon is sur­rounded by ma­ture wood­land (mainly conifers), the heath­land Gorse, Broom and Ling flour­ish­ing on the poor sandy soils, still man­ages to re­tain those two icons of this im­por­tant bird habi­tat: Dart­ford War­bler and Stonechat Wood Lark. Tree Pipit and Stonechat are also present while an evening walk should yield the eerie sounds of Night­jar and Wood­cock. The walk also takes in open farm­land af­ford­ing views back across the canopy where Goshawk and Honey Buz­zard are oc­ca­sion­ally re­ported. Through the qui­eter sec­tions of the wood­land Roe Deer may be en­coun­tered, usu­ally along the mar­gins, and keep an eye out for Adders if you are tak­ing along a dog. With fur­ther clear­ing of pine plan­ta­tions to the south of the site, and as­so­ci­ated cat­tle graz­ing, the fu­ture looks bright for this clas­sic low­land heath. Hope­fully, the Red-backed Shrike will re­cover here.

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