Com­bine a cas­tle, a river and the Shrop­shire Way

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

THE RE­MAINS OF the cas­tle are on a hill over­look­ing the town on one side and the river and coun­try­side on the other. It was built by the Nor­man Lord Robert de Say af­ter the Nor­man in­va­sion of Eng­land, on a bend in the River Clun. It is now a Grade 1 listed build­ing man­aged by English Her­itage and owned by the Duke of Nor­folk, who also holds the ti­tle of Baron Clun! There are good views from the cas­tle hill, which is a good place to check the sky, but the main area to see birds is the walk along the river­side and/or the Shrop­shire Way. Of course, you can walk as far as you wish for a re­ally pleas­ant day. Clun is only a small town, and the cas­tle is on the edge of town and over the river, so you can spend a lit­tle time here. Ex­pect to see plenty of the more com­mon birds and, depend­ing on the time of year, there will be var­i­ous mi­grants such as Wood War­bler (above), fly­catch­ers and prob­a­bly Red­start (left) in the sum­mer and Lin­net, Siskin or red­poll in the win­ter, with maybe a few Bram­blings with the Chaffinches. As I ex­plain be­low, the river holds many de­light­ful birds for vis­i­tors to en­joy on avisit here.

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