THIS IS AN INTERESTING little area of heathland, a relic of common land. There are damp areas where Bog Rosemary and Bog Asphodel exist and there are ‘invading’ plants, such as Birch and Gorse – but some birds like them! Lizards are a part of the wildlife population here, although, of course, they are rather elusive creatures unlike the local Rabbits. In the last war there were airfields near here, because the area is very level, so it could be boring if it wasn’t for the birds! There are several Look for Common Lizards basking in sunny spots ponds here and the one on the east side has enough rushes to encourage Reed Warbler or Reed Bunting. The walk includes an open area and this can be quite interesting because there are various nearby birding areas so many different birds can be joining them at migration time or passage and flying over. The ‘resident’ Buzzard is always around – probably attracted by the Rabbits – and you can get quite close to obtain a good look (or even a really good photo). The Wren is a popular bird in some parts of the reserve as there are areas of very thick cover for it. The usual woodland birds are around and you can usually see a Moorhen wandering around the wet areas. Two small wooden footbridges cover a couple of wet areas so the whole reserve can be investigated.
Reed Warbler Reed Bunting