Dar­win’s Ori­gin of Species may have started life here

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

CHARLES DAR­WIN WAS born in Shrews­bury in 1809 and this wood­land is next to the house The Mount, where he was brought up. He is well known for his con­tri­bu­tion to the science of evo­lu­tion and his book (one of many) the Ori­gin of Species, and for his five-year jour­ney round the world in HMS Bea­gle. He changed the way we see na­ture. This en­joy­able walk trav­els along­side the River Sev­ern and hints at Dar­win’s in­spi­ra­tion when he lived here in his younger days to de­velop his in­ter­est in the nat­u­ral world. And this area hasn’t re­ally c h an g ed much with the river am­bling by and the trees, some maybe planted by the Dar­win fam­ily, host­ing a range of bird species, from King­fisher to wood­peck­ers. The walk can be fol­lowed both up­stream and down­stream de­pend­ing on the time avail­able, although the down­stream route takes you into the town. There’s an area which of­ten has a herd of cows – although they usu­ally ig­nore you there is no pro­tec­tion on the river­side track. Good any time of year, the site al­ways has Mute Swans and Mal­lards breed­ing and, usu­ally, Sand Martins in parts of the river­bank. King­fisher is more likely to be seen up­stream and in win­ter there will be wild­fowl. There are lots of com­mon birds like House Spar­row and Black­bird around but also wood­land birds such as Wil­low Tit and Treecreeper. En­joy!

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