An urban walk on a south-western estuary
TpassesHIS IS AN urban walk with a difference. It deliberately through an urban environment simply because it wills you there. I’ve made this walk many times, having found it by accident when giving up on town centre car parks. I heartily recommend it for diversity, ease and surprise. Truro is a small county capital – tight, friendly and busy. It has the noise and trappings of a county town, which is why I usually park well away from its compact centre. Yet this is key to the birds. The River Kenwyn is tidal right into the city as it feeds the Truro river and in turn the Carrick Roads. Bang in the city I have frequently encountered four or five warbler species both in spring and autumn as they appear to use the river as a conduit or as a good place for insect food. Beginning this walk with shorebirds as well as garden birds and those that fly by, it is possible to end the walk in pleasant varied woodland, with hardly a sound. Lady’s and Bishop’s Woods are linked and of decent size. The car park at the southern end allows you to approach this walk from either end. Cornwall is a cracking county for birdwatching as we all probably know and it offers a coastline edge rich in rarity possibilities – probabilities even – but consider this piece of south central Cornwall as a unique and hugely pleasant birding opportunity. Give it a try when you are next on a break here – it won’t disappoint.