1 Go over the stile and check woodland edges for warblers in summer. The large amount of buddleia attracts many butterflies. Short-cropped turf is favoured by Green Woodpeckers, which are common here. Siskin and Lesser Redpoll may be present together with Bullfinch, Linnets and Mistle Thrush. 2 View the lake for wildfowl, waders, gulls and terns. Cormorant are present together with Grey Heron and one or two Little Egrets, a Great White Egret has also been recorded. Don’t forget to scan the skyline for raptors. Chance of a scarcer duck such as Common Scoter or rarer grebes. 3 There is a bench on the grassy bank. Take along a scope for closer views. Look for passage Yellow and White Wagtails and Wheatears. Do not stray onto the shoreline. 4 Many geese use the grass bank for grazing, with Canada Geese peaking at in excess of 1,000 birds, sometimes being joined by feral ‘small race’ birds.
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