Beauty and also birds in the Wye Val­ley

Bird Watching (UK) - - Go BIrding - BERNARD JONES

THIS IS A SMALL re­serve in an Area of Out­stand­ing Nat­u­ral Beauty (AONB) along­side Haugh Wood, and a war­bler’s par­adise. Es­sen­tially, this is an area of grassy heath but with damp hol­lows, lots of scat­tered trees with patches of Gorse and Hawthorn thick­ets, which the Yel­lowham­mers en­joy. There are also patches of oak and birch wood­land and the walk is ex­tended to bring in some hill­side and wood­land with conifers and a stream to add to the in­ter­est. There are one or two good sites nearby, so you could spend the whole day here! Back to the com­mon, lis­ten for the Grasshop­per War­bler, watch for a hunt­ing Barn Owl or a rod­ing Wood­cock. The whole area is known as the Wool­hope Dome where mil­lions of years ago the whole area was pushed up and Haugh Wood even­tu­ally de­vel­oped here, but with streams erod­ing parts into lit­tle val­leys. So ef­fec­tively, we start in the lovely com­mon and add a jour­ney through time and the op­por­tu­nity to see quite a range of birds, although not likely to see rar­i­ties, even though Nightin­gale was once recorded here. Tawny and Lit­tle Owls are likely.

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