OTHER WILDLIFE

Bird Watching (UK) - - Go Birding - BERNARD JONES

PART OF THIS lovely area on the meadow, river and brook is des­ig­nated as a Site of Spe­cial Sci­en­tific In­ter­est (SSSI). It is a fas­ci­nat­ing area, which is re­ally a flood plain, and the silt car­ried down and de­posited makes this a very fer­tile place. The best time to visit is from spring to late sum­mer, but the River Lugg flows down its edge so other times of year can be of in­ter­est. Ba­si­cally, this is a sur­viv­ing ex­am­ple of Lam­mas Meadow from at least Domes­day time so that alone makes for an in­ter­est­ing area. For bird­ers, the nest­ing Curlew and Sky Larks are here and in the win­ter when there are floods a whole range of gulls, ducks and swans ar­rive. There are also steep banks to the river so they pro­vide nest­ing sites for King­fisher and Sand Martin. The great thing about the river, of course, is that the track along­side it al­lows you to add a few miles to your visit if you wish. If you have a dog then check each area as there are sheep around so it will need to be on a lead!

3At the south bend in the lane go left (north) then care­fully fol­low the signed track right then left along the river bank. Bits of wood­land and firs might pro­duce Gold­crest. Now its open coun­try, with the river and a brook where Grey Heron and King­fisher live, and you may see Cor­morant over­head so keep a look out!.

The Hamp­ton Meadow re­serve is a large open area with Curlew pos­si­ble. Hirundines will be whizzing around with Sand Martins favour­ing the river banks.

4The River Lugg is also a home to Ot­ters, just to add to the in­ter­est

Sky Lark

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