GALLOWAYS

Search­ing for mi­grants on the Rom­ney Marsh hin­ter­lands

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

MUCH OF THE SHIN­GLE lands to the south of Lydd are owned by the Army and used as fir­ing ranges, although, per­haps sur­pris­ingly, there is lit­tle dis­tur­bance to the bird life due to re­stricted public ac­cess. The wide open spa­ces of Galloways com­prises acres of rough grass­land with tan­gles of gorse and Bram­ble scrub, sheep pas­ture and marshy patches with reeds and lush herba­ceous growth. The ma­rina lakes nearby add to the habi­tat di­ver­sity, along with the fore­shore and open sea of Rye Bay. Try to time your visit when the ranges are silent (see below for de­tails) af­ford­ing ac­cess to the sea along Galloways Road, a prime sec­tion of the walk for mi­grants, and Sand Martins, and Yel­low Wag­tails, should be un­der­way and is one of the bird­ing high­lights of the Dun­geness area. This spot has a good track record in re­cent years for rar­i­ties such as Wry­neck, Barred War­bler and Mon­tagu`s Har­rier. Do not be de­terred by the sig­nage on site warn­ing of the dan­gers of live fir­ing, but do stay strictly on the met­aled roads and only en­ter Galloways Road by the se­cu­rity hut when the gate is open and the red flags are down. Al­most the en­tire route can be cov­ered by a ve­hi­cle, mak­ing it per­fect for any­one with lim­ited mo­bil­ity. For reg­u­lar up­dates on bird sight­ing here and around the Dun­geness penin­sula, re­fer to the site: plovers.co.uk

Sand Martin Yel­low Wag­tail

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