An ur­ban walk on a south-western es­tu­ary

Bird Watching (UK) - - Go Birding - ALAS­TAIR RI­LEY

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.


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