WINDSOR GREAT PARK
A bird-rich walk to enjoy in a delightful royal setting
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.