En­joy scenic views, lo­cal his­tory and pas­sage mi­grants

Bird Watching (UK) - - Go BIrding - PETE HACK­ETT

BREDON HILL STANDS proud within the Vale of Eve­sham, ris­ing to nearly 300 me­tres, and lies within the Cotswolds Area of Out­stand­ing Nat­u­ral Beauty. The sum­mit of­fers ex­ten­sive views over the Cotswolds, Vale of Eve­sham and Malvern Hills, while earth­works are re­mains of an Iron Age hill fort. Part of the hill­side is a des­ig­nated SSSI and is no­table for in­ver­te­brates, an­cient trees and wild­flow­ers. The Ban­bury Stone Tower at the sum­mit (or Par­sons Folly as it is also known) was built in the mid-18th Cen­tury for John Par­sons, the Squire of Ke­mer­ton Court. The sum­mit is a good mi­gra­tion watch-point (although a bit of a trek) dur­ing spring and au­tumn, when the area is no­table for pas­sage Ring Ouzel and Wheatear, while a good ear may pick out the flight call of Snow Bunt­ing in late au­tumn, and a re­cent Shore Lark was a fab­u­lous find. Red­starts and Tree Pip­its breed, while Spot­ted Fly­catch­ers nest in sur­round­ing vil­lages. It’s a pretty area so there are plenty of pho­to­graphic op­por­tu­ni­ties, check the weather forecast for a fine day and you won’t be dis­ap­pointed.

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