1 From way-markedthe layby, track cross and the check road the and hedges follow for the Blackbird, Robin, Wren and sparrows. 2 Then cross an open area where you might see hunting Sparrowhawk or Buzzard and, possibly, Red Kite. Raven is also seen in the area. The hedgerows may contain Yellowhammer, Linnet and finches. 3 Entering the woodland, first check the stream, where it’s possible to see a Dipper, then find your way through the wood checking for Treecreeper and Great Spotted Woodpecker. There may be Woodcock around. Winter sees Redwing, Fieldfare and Mistle Thrush move into the area. 4 Follow your chosen track across open fields where you may see Partridge or Sky Lark. Little Owl are in the area and maybe a Barn Owl. 5 Cross down to the river and see Mallard, Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Kingfisher and maybe Goosander and Goldeneye. There are gravelly ‘beaches’ so there may be wagtails. Sand Martins are seen in the summer months and, although scarce, Bewick’s and Whooper Swans have been recorded.
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