Plenty of small birds to en­joy at a real ur­ban oa­sis

Bird Watching (UK) - - Go Birding - ABI­GAIL HAMIL­TON-THOMP­SON

SEV­ERN FARM POND na­ture re­serve is an un­usual site in that it is sit­u­ated in the heart of a busy in­dus­trial es­tate. It is very rare to find such an oa­sis of na­ture in such a built-up area and the lo­cal wildlife cer­tainly takes ad­van­tage of this lit­tle haven. The 1.3 hectares com­prises of marshy wet­land and pools, above which a cir­cu­lar trail of board­walks are set. There are two hides avail­able. The south­ern hide can be ap­proached without dis­turb­ing the birds on the wa­ter, and dur­ing sum­mer, the breed­ing species here in­clude Lit­tle Grebe (pic­tured above), Reed Bunt­ing, Moorhen and Coot. In the trees sur­round­ing the marshy wet­land, look out for the likes of Long-tailed Tit and Bullfinches through­out the year, plus Great and Blue Tit, Robin, Black­bird and House Spar­row. While ex­plor­ing Sev­ern Farm Pond on the cir­cu­lar trail, look out for tac­tile and au­dio sculp­tures, for ex­am­ple, a bull rush sculp­ture made from beer bot­tles. In spring and sum­mer, look up for pos­si­ble sight­ings of Hobby, and the more com­mon Swift and Swal­low. Other wildlife on site to look out for in the sum­mer months in­cludes newts, frogs and drag­on­flies, so there will be plenty of va­ri­ety to see on your trip here.


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