1 A gentle stroll from the car park, with the first view of Kenfig Pool. Continue down the slope to near the water’s edge. Listen for Water Rails calling from the reedbeds, which play host to wintering Bittern, though you may only be afforded brief glimpses. 2 Make for the hide which provides an admirable vantage point. On my very first visit, a Kingfisher appeared right in front. A scope will prove advantageous for more distant viewing. Large numbers of Coot winter while Pochard and Tufted Duck are the most numerous ducks. 3 The north shore hide tends to be less popular but is always well worth a visit. Both Great Crested Grebes and Little Grebes have nested and are always present in winter, Black-necked and Slavonian Grebes occasionally occur, so ensure you keep a proper lookout. 4 Several footpaths lead through the dunes which should be explored in winter for birds of prey like Hen Harrier, Merlin, Peregrine and Short-eared Owl, while towards Sker Farm is the place to look out for Little Owls.
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