WIND­SOR GREAT PARK

A bird-rich walk to en­joy in a de­light­ful royal set­ting

Bird Watching (UK) - - Go Birding - PAUL TRODD

THERE CAN BE few birding walks set amid a lo­ca­tion as steeped in his­tory as Wind­sor Great Park. The world-fa­mous me­dieval cas­tle to the north is sit­u­ated on an el­e­vated bend of the River Thames and over­looks the for­mer hunting for­est to the south, much of which has been con­verted to park­land for deer. Com­plet­ing the suite of habi­tats are mixed wood­land and farm­land, plus sev­eral bod­ies of wa­ter. A few win­ter­ing Hawfinches and Bram­blings may be found feed­ing within Chaffinch flocks, Marsh Tits are still present and lis­ten for a Lesser Spot­ted Wood­pecker. Wood­cocks are of­ten flushed from for­est rides and Firecrests haunt the conifer stands. Vir­ginia Wa­ter is a noted spot for Man­darins, which nest in tree holes around the park, and also the oc­ca­sional Wood Duck. Other in­tro­duced species com­monly seen are Ring-necked Para­keet and Red Kite. Find so­lace among the an­cient oak trees. It is also the per­fect walk to take along the dog.

Man­darin

Marsh Tit

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