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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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