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Bird Watching (UK) - - Go BIrding -

1 The walk to and from the vil­lage passes cot­tage gar­dens where all the usual sus­pects are likely: Blue and Great Tits, Wren, Robin and Chaffinch to name but a few.

2 Species are most abun­dant on the sec­tion near the River Exe, along the foot­path to Lar­combe Foot, then the bri­dle­way to Nether­cote Farms. Pied Fly­catcher and Red­start may be spot­ted in the older trees along the val­ley. Steep fields, wood­land and Gorse thick­ets run down to­wards the river, a good habi­tat for the likes of Goldfinch and Lin­net. With luck you may spot red­polls. The wood­land is also good for Green and Great Spot­ted Wood­pecker, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Wood­pi­geon, Jay, Chif­fchaff and var­i­ous war­blers (de­pend­ing on the sea­son). Spar­rowhawk may put in an ap­pear­ance, look­ing for a snack among the smaller species. Dip­per are very likely along the wa­ter and Pheas­ants scut­tle off the path.

3 From Nether­cote Farms the walk climbs up over Bye Com­mon and Bye Hill be­fore re­turn­ing to the vil­lage. Here Buz­zard mew over­head and Rook and Raven trun­dle past. The views back down into the val­ley and across the wider moor are su­perb.

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