Ex­plore this lit­tle-known ur­ban bird­watch­ing oa­sis

Bird Watching (UK) - - Go Birding - ABI­GAIL HAMIL­TON-THOMP­SON

LO­CATED BE­HIND A hous­ing es­tate in Hitchin, this lit­tle gem of a na­ture re­serve, only 6.4 hectares in size, is so well hid­den that hardly any­one knows of its ex­is­tence. Man­aged by the Herts and Mid­dle­sex Wildlife Trust, Purwell Ninesprings is the top spot in North Hert­ford­shire for Wa­ter Voles. Run­ning along­side a bri­dle­way, this open wa­ter site doesn’t just at­tract wa­ter lov­ing mam­mals but also a wide va­ri­ety of birds who are en­ticed to the mix­ture of reedbeds, mead­ows and also ma­ture Alder wood­land. Sight­ings here in­clude Reed War­blers in spring and sum­mer, Lit­tle Egrets and Green Wood­peck­ers. Take your wellies along, as even at the dri­est time of year, the trail through the re­serve can be soggy.

Lit­tle Egret


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