BOLTON ABBEY

Pop­u­lar beauty spot with river­side and wood­land birds

Bird Watching (UK) - - Go Birding - JOHN MILES

BOLTON ABBEY ES­TATE opened the foot­path in the Strid Woods in 1810, thanks to 6th Duke of Devon­shire and the Rev. Wil­liam Carr invit­ing the public to walk the paths they cre­ated by the river. This ac­cess has been con­tin­u­ous to this day, but there is a large pay­ment for the car park on the es­tate with free park­ing ar­eas of­ten blocked off with large rocks! This area is a Site of Spe­cial Sci­en­tific In­ter­est with its won­der­ful wood­land and river­side birds. My walk starts at a small car park in the ham­let of Stror­iths. On a good day you should find rap­tors cir­cling over the woods, es­pe­cially Buz­zards. At least two pairs of Red Kites used to nest here but are now gone. Honey Buz­zard is one of those birds you dream of find­ing and they have been seen in the area. Green Wood­peck­ers are com­mon as you walk along to the river, with sev­eral Red­starts nest­ing in the old ‘park’ trees in spring and sum­mer. The river has plenty of Goosanders, plus a great pop­u­la­tion of Man­darins. Look for the reg­u­lar Dip­pers and Grey Wag­tails and Com­mon Sand­piper in sum­mer. The woods are a favourite for York­shire bird clubs look­ing for the ‘big three’ in spring, with Pied Fly­catcher, Red­start and Wood War­bler present. Black­caps, Gar­den War­bler, Chif­fchaff and Wil­low War­bler are pos­si­ble in spring and sum­mer, along with Treecreeper and Nuthatch year-round. Lesser Spot­ted Wood­pecker is now a rar­ity in the area, de­spite great wood­land.

Nuthatch

Gold­en­eye

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