An­cient cop­pice wood­land, brook, pond and stream

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

THE WALK STARTS with the small Up­per Swing­ley Wood Na­ture Re­serve and is ex­tended to cover a larger area with wa­ter fa­cil­i­ties to add to the pos­si­ble sight­ing of more birds. The old wood­land was known in the early 19th Cen­tury as ‘The Fur­long Cop­pice’ sep­a­rat­ing two arable fields and its his­tory com­bines Ash be­ing planted at that time along with the still sur­viv­ing ar­eas of Alder and wil­low. Other plants in­clude wild Goose­berry and wild Red­cur­rant! Be­yond the wood, a small stream rises then an­other wood­land and a stream flow­ing into a pool along the way af­ter which we cross over the Cheaton Brook, cross a foot­bridge, climb a not too steep hillside then back across the ford to the start. So with a va­ri­ety of coun­try­side there are wood­land birds such as wood­peck­ers, open ar­eas for Sky Lark, the hillside for Red Kite and the stream, brook and ponds for Dip­per, Mal­lard or Grey Heron. It might be use­ful to take a com­pass if you are not fa­mil­iar with the area.


Lesser Spot­ted Wood­pecker

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