KEY POINTS

Bird Watching (UK) - - Go Birding -

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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