A spring walk among bluebells in the Chilterns
THIS BIRDING WALK on the edge of the Chiltern Hills takes in a variety of wooded habitats from the parkland at Horn Hill Court, complete with magnificent cedars and old oaks, to derelict cherry orchards beside Bullsland Lane and adjacent high hedgerows. The Beech hanger area of the wood boasts a glorious show of spring bluebells, while a Larch plantation adds to the diversity. Mixed farmland, paddocks and hedgerows completes a typical Chilterns scene. While the likes of Hawfinch and Willow Tit are now absent, declining resident birds such as Marsh Tit and Lesser Spotted Woodpecker can still be found among a range of typical woodland species. Singing Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs should be announcing their arrival, while there’s a chance of a passing Wood Warbler or Redstart. Buzzard and Red Kite are now a given. Farmland tracts may lure a migrant Wheatear or a hedgerow Ring Ouzel and scanning along hillsides should yield Swallow and martins.