Bird Watching (UK) - - Go Birding -

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

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