A Ja­cobean house, or­chard, grass­land, river and birds

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

THE WALK STARTS at the Here­ford­shire Wildlife Trust HQ, an old Ja­cobean tim­ber­framed house dat­ing back to 1614 that Here­ford­shire Na­ture Trust re­stored to its present con­di­tion, as far as pos­si­ble as it was orig­i­nally. The old gar­den was ex­tended and land­scaped with wildlife in mind. This has worked well with var­i­ous com­mon birds here and is par­tic­u­larly at­trac­tive to Goldfinches. There is also an or­chard where Bullfinches can be seen, with Yel­lowham­mers breed­ing in the hedges on the border, plus Red­wing and Field­fare. Carry on down to the grass­land and pas­ture and the Lugg Rhea, and Reed Bunt­ings are in the area. Snipe are recorded in the win­ter, as well as var­i­ous gulls. Other birds in­clude Lap­wing, Curlew and Meadow Pipit, so this is an in­ter­est­ing walk where a lot of time can be spent just ex­am­in­ing the var­i­ous ar­eas. In the sum­mer, it is fas­ci­nat­ing to watch the Swal­lows fly­ing low and fast across the meadow area and dodg­ing past you. Vis­i­tors are ad­vised to keep to the tracks, es­pe­cially in the breed­ing sea­son.



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