WHERE TO WATCH?

Bird Watching (UK) - - Species Hobby -

The re­cent ex­pan­sion in the range of the Hobby has seen them move away from their pre­vi­ous strong­hold of south­ern heath­lands. These sites are all good places to find them:

STODMARSH NNR: One of sev­eral Kent sites that at­tract good num­bers through­out the sum­mer, feed­ing on the plen­ti­ful drag­on­flies and hirundines avail­able. NENE WASHES: The car-park and view­point at Elder­nell, near Peter­bor­ough, is a re­li­able place to see them hawk­ing over the pas­tures and drains. SHAPWICK HEATH NNR: The Som­er­set Lev­els in gen­eral see large num­bers of Hob­bies these days, but this is a par­tic­u­lar hotspot. LLANELLI WWT: The reedbeds and pools here pro­vide per­fect habi­tat for Hobby, which has ex­panded its range in Wales. THORNE MOORS, NEAR DON­CASTER: A re­li­able site, not as easy to ac­cess as some. LEIGHTON MOSS RSPB: As Hob­bies spread north, any sites with ex­ten­sive reedbeds and wet ar­eas are ex­cel­lent places to look for them – this re­serve in Lan­cashire is one of the best. MIDDLETON LAKES RSPB: The whole Tame Val­ley area in Stafford­shire is good for Hobby, with this re­serve of­fer­ing good view­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

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