Wildlife from 550 mil­lion years ago – or to­day!

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

THIS WALK STARTS at Comley Quarry, a fas­ci­nat­ing area on the edge of a line of hills with a re­mark­able his­tory. Way back in the 1880s, the ear­li­est known trilo­bite fau­nas were dis­cov­ered. Comley Quarry is a na­ture re­serve be­cause it now has in­ter­na­tional sta­tus as the ref­er­ence area against which rocks of the same age all over the world can be com­pared with what is here. It is in­deed a Site of Spe­cial Sci­en­tific In­ter­est (SSSI). So, this is the sug­gested start of the walk with plenty of bushes and trees around to en­cour­age birds and a small stream nearby that flows from a spring on the hill. Then, talk­ing of the hill, the walk goes up and around Caer Caradoc Hill where other birds such as Buz­zard, Raven and Red Kite can of­ten be seen fly­ing low – per­fect for a pho­to­graph! This is rap­tor coun­try with hov­er­ing Kestrel, Sparrowhawk of­ten skim­ming low, a hunting Hobby in sum­mer and, oc­ca­sion­ally, a pas­sage Hen Harrier. Pere­grine oc­ca­sion­ally ap­pears and Goshawk has been recorded in the gen­eral area. The views from the hill are in­cred­i­ble on a fine day across to Wales, the Wrekin, the Long Mynd and the Stiper­stones – so with those Red Kites and spec­tac­u­lar views, don’t for­get your cam­era!

Red Kite


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