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Bird Watching (UK) - - Go Birding -

1 The foot­bridge over the river is the per­fect van­tage point for watch­ing Dip­pers in the rapids. Check the mar­gins for King­fisher, Grey Wag­tail, Com­mon and Green Sand­pipers, Lit­tle Egret and Grey Heron. Red Kites and Ravens fly along the val­ley look­ing for road kill.

2 An oak wood at­tracts com­mon wood­land birds to this area, in­clud­ing Nuthatch, Treecreeper and a good chance of Marsh Tit among the tit flocks. Lis­ten out for drum­ming wood­peck­ers, in­clud­ing Lesser Spot­ted Wood­pecker. Black­cap and Chif­fchaff can of­ten be heard in the canopy, so re­mem­ber to lis­ten for them.

3 River­side fields can at­tract pass­ing Lap­wings and gulls, mostly Com­mon and Black-headed, but also the oc­ca­sional Mediter­ranean Gull. Sky Lark, Meadow Pipit, Stonechat and Lin­net are of­ten present. Look for Snipe, Red­shank and Oys­ter­catcher in the damp fields.

4 Bank­side veg­e­ta­tion har­bours a few Cetti’s War­blers, Reed Buntings and Wa­ter Rails. Check the river for com­mon wild­fowl, plus the oc­ca­sional Goosander or Shel­duck. An­other good spot for Dip­per and Grey Wag­tail. Scan the wood­land canopy for soar­ing rap­tors.

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