An­cient and semi-nat­u­ral wood­land and fast flow­ing stream

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

THIS IS A de­light­ful lit­tle re­serve on a steep slope edged by a stream. As far as birds are con­cerned, the site is famed for its rook­ery so find out how the terms ‘Par­lia­ment of Rooks, Build­ing of Rooks and Clam­our of Rooks’ came about! There are few ac­cess paths and the re­serve it­self is rel­a­tively small, so a longer walk is sug­gested, with some open ar­eas and a re­turn by the side of the River Wye. If you are not able to park in the small layby (see Site Guide) it might be best to park at Bred­war­dine and com­plete the river walk first. En­joy a range of birds in wood­land, open ar­eas and river­side, plus there’s the pos­si­bil­ity of Red Kite and also Buz­zard. Wern Wood is prob­a­bly an an­cient wood­land site and now has Hazel, Hawthorn, Holly, wil­low and El­der, with Ash and an­cient oak trees in the up­per area. There are many op­tional tracks to ex­plore, de­pend­ing on how much time you have, and it’s worth tak­ing a com­pass, as there are no spe­cific paths in the woods. How­ever, the River Wye is on the east side of the walk so, pro­vid­ing you can see it, you shouldn’t get lost!

Mis­tle Thrush


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