1 Start at the windmill and walk down the footpath across fields, scanning the RSPB marsh to your right. There are large lakes on the marsh – Great White Egret, Avocet, Marsh Harrier, Hobby, Garganey and occasional wintering grey geese have all been recorded.
2 The copse at 621 869 is alive with song in spring, rather quiet in winter but the fields around afford Reed Bunting and Yellowhammer, Linnet and Kestrel. Emerge onto the marsh somewhat ‘under cover’ at first, which is advantageous. Having crossed the neck of the marsh, go back 50m on the footpath to the sewage farm for Grey Wagtail and Meadow Pipits, Bullfinch and wintering Chiffchaff.
3 Laundry Lane is a long interesting stretch – both sides. Green and Common Sandpipers occur as do Little Egret, Shoveler, Gadwall, Wigeon and Grey Heron.
4 A little hidden lane just past St Helen’s bridge takes you onto a delightful 300m stretch of path. Pools here afford close views of Greenshank, Little Egret, Kingfisher and wintering ducks. As the path regains the road, cross it to scan Bembridge harbour.