A wooded hill on the edge of the River Roden
THIS IS A very enjoyable walk which starts at an oldfashioned, red telephone box! You’ll see that the river is nearby so head there first in the hope of seeing something interesting. As you head up the track at the start there are some rocky outcrops worth checking out, then a little further up there is a way marker showing the direction of the circular walk. The start of the walk is quite steep so take your time and check for such birds as Treecreeper and Wren and, before you know it, you are at the top. Be careful of one or two steep drops but now you’ll see there is woodland, pine trees and open areas allowing a mix of bird species. The Red Kite is seen more frequently now in Shropshire, so keep an eye on the sky and listen out for it, too. The area of fir trees encourages Goldcrest and it is always worth a little time spent to see if Firecrest are also around. At the appropriate time, Swifts are seen and Swallow and House Martin, too. As you head back through an open area of grassland, beware of any farm animals. Then head back into the woodland and down a steep hill and eventually you come to some steps which will lead you back down to the track ans then back to that telephone box, again! At the end of the walk, don’t head for your vehicle straightaway – it’s always worth checking the river again for the Kingfisher. Kingfisher and the reeds may produce Reed Bunting or Reed Warbler.
2Then walk up the track to the left of the telephone box where one or two common birds such as House Sparrow, Dunnock, Robin, Blue and Great Tit and Blackbird get you started.
3Then take the way-marked track up the hill through the woodland where there are Treecreeper and Nuthatch and others such as Jay and Great Spotted Woodpecker.
And as you walk check the conifers for Goldcrest and maybe Firecrest. Patchy areas for Wren and Little Owl with Tawny Owl possible in the woodland parts.
45Finally, at the top of the hill, there is also an open area with good views and also the possibility of a Red kite, Raven or Buzzard. Also the Peregrine lives and nests at nearby Hawkestone so there is always a possibility of seeing one.
As you follow the track back down check for those Fieldfare, Redwing, Mistle Thrush and more Blackbirds depending on the time of your visit.