1Check around the churchyard for common breeding birds such as finches, tits and thrushes and a chance of Spotted Flycatcher. Swifts often fly around the church tower. Orchards and paddocks attract Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Green Woodpecker, Stock Dove, Pied Wagtail, Mistle Thrush, Bullfinch and corvids, plus Whitethroat and Lesser Whitethroat, Linnet, Long-tailed Tit and Yellowhammer in hedgerows.
2The small wood by the lane is good for Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jay, Treecreeper and Nuthatch, plus Blackcap and Chiffchaff. Check the weedy fields for Stonechat, finches and buntings, Meadow Pipit and Sky Lark. Before the path drops down into the valley, scan the ridge for raptors such as Hobby, Buzzard and Sparrowhawk.
3The reedbeds and sewer margins will be alive with Reed, Sedge and Cetti’s Warblers, and Reed Bunting, plus the sound of Bearded Tits and Water Rails. A couple of hides overlook a scrubby lagoon that, depending on water levels, can attract waders such as Snipe, Lapwing, Green Sandpiper and Little Ringed Plover, plus Teal, Gadwall, Little Egret and Grey Heron. Common Terns sometimes drop in along with a few gulls, including Mediterranean Gulls, while Marsh Harrier and Hobby hunt here.
4Check along Pannel Sewer for Grey Wagtail, Little Grebe and Kingfisher, plus hirundines overhead. Adjacent fields often attract grounded migrants such as Yellow Wagtail, Whinchat and Wheatear as the season progresses. A good spot for Barn Owl at dusk.