In­tact, un­spoilt an­cient wood­land and res­i­dent birds

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

THIS AN­CIENT WOOD­LAND site pro­vides nest­ing sites for wood­peck­ers, fly­catch­ers, Nuthatches and oth­ers. This hill and the neigh­bour­ing Wrekin were laid a long time ago by vol­canic lava on what is now the Shrop­shire Plain. The hills grad­u­ally set­tled and now are mostly cov­ered in wood­land. There are some old, dis­used quar­ries and there’s also a large pool, which was orig­i­nally a reser­voir, and a stream, so small num­bers of wild­fowl are likely here. There are sev­eral choices of walk as well with the Wrekin hill­side a good choice for those with enough en­ergy! How­ever, the re­serve has very steep climbs, so be­ware. Be­ing a wood­land, this is a good all year site, so there are damp places here and there on the slopes and lots of Blue­bells in the spring. The oak trees here are well known for host­ing lots of in­sects, the rea­son for a good va­ri­ety of res­i­dent birds. There are one or two op­tional walks – the Wrekin hill is worth a visit, not only for the ex­ten­sive views across Shrop­shire but for the pos­si­bil­i­ties of ex­cit­ing birds, such as the Red Kite (pic­tured above)and Goshawk. So, this is an in­ter­est­ing and chal­leng­ing walk with birds to give you an ex­cuse to pause!


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