Bird Watching (UK) - - Go BIrding -

1 From the car, turn back and take a foot­path to the left across arable land to­wards Lam­bert’s Farm. In win­ter, the or­chards can at­tract thrushes. Take an­other path on your left (to­wards the wood) scan­ning for the com­moner arable species and Kestrels above. Buz­zard and Red Kite were rar­i­ties once but not so now!

2 The wood has sev­eral path­ways and you should tick off most of what you would ex­pect here. There may also be Pheas­ant and Red-legged Par­tridge, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Bullfinch and, just maybe, Hawfinch, too. 3 Emerge at grid ref TL 875 285 and walk ini­tially to the right be­side the river Colne, then re­trace and go left. Two or three fish­ing ponds may find you some wa­ter birds, even a Tufted Duck, but King­fisher is reg­u­lar, plus Grey Heron and Moorhen.

4 Hav­ing walked the river route, you’ll reach the A1124 near the Pri­ory; take a left and pick up a lane back in the di­rec­tion of the wood at a dif­fer­ent en­try point. This path re­turns you to the car and, on the walk back, you should add Jay and win­ter Yel­lowham­mers to your list.

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