A lovely broadleaved wood­land on a steep scarp slope

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

THE EDGE OF the wood is on the old Ro­man road from Viro­co­nium to Caer­leon on the Usk, which adds to the in­ter­est. Es­sen­tially, this is a wood­land re­serve, but the walk in­cludes part of the River Onny, a small lake and open ar­eas, so there is a good va­ri­ety of birds here. Also here are sev­eral op­tional paths al­low­ing a much longer walk if you so wish. This is a good all-year site, so a visit at any time will be en­joy­able. The dis­cov­ery cen­tre has a Red Kite feed­ing sta­tion be­ing set up, which will add to the in­ter­est, and will be good for get­ting a rel­a­tively close sight of this in­ter­est­ing bird. The path from the dis­cov­ery cen­tre leads to the Stoke­say Cas­tle (be care­ful cross­ing the A49 road) and its lake, then pick up the Shrop­shire Way and fol­low it up to Sallow Coppice. I’ve sug­gested tak­ing the track on the north side of the wood­land and then hav­ing a short walk along the Ro­man Road fol­low­ing those an­cient foot­steps be­fore div­ing back into the wood­land. Then it’s a choice of tracks back to the start – but, although there is a gate on each side, be care­ful cross­ing the rail­way line!

Green Wood­pecker

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