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Bird Watching (UK) - - Go Birding - SI­MONE STAN­BROOK-BYRNE

Tex­cite­ment on this walk that isn’t just about birds. The tidal road on the Avon Es­tu­ary, which en­ters the vil­lage from the south-west side, was once a mere cart track, serv­ing farms, a mill and also a limekiln. It was called ‘Stakes Road’ due to the wooden stakes that mark its route; at low tide, horses could wade across and peo­ple used step­ping stones. This was all rather pre­car­i­ous and even­tu­ally a prop­erly-drained road was con­structed, but there’s still an el­e­ment of un­cer­tainty as high tides ren­der the way im­pass­able. The bird­ing from this tidal road is su­perb – and those not wish­ing to do the full route will still be re­warded by a walk be­side the es­tu­ary. On the full cir­cu­lar route, the fi­nal de­scent to wa­ter level is glo­ri­ous,

WHERE TO PARK: TER­RAIN AND AC­CES­SI­BIL­ITY: AC­CES­SI­BIL­ITY: FA­CIL­I­TIES: (aveton-gif­ford.co.uk)

PUBLIC TRANS­PORT: trav­e­linesw.com OR­GAN­I­SA­TIONS: de­von­wildlifetrust.org COUNTY RECORDER: devon-bir­drecorder@ly­cos.com MAPS: Check the tide times so you fin­ish the walk when the tidal road is pass­able of­ten ac­com­pa­nied by the call of Curlew, a sound that should be bot­tled, and the puls­ing beat of Mute Swan in flight. Less com­mon birds that have been spot­ted in the area in re­cent years in­clude Glossy Ibis, Mer­lin, Lit­tle Ringed Plover and Wa­ter Pipit.

Curlew Goldfinch

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