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.