A lovely area of an­cient mead­ows to en­joy birds

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

THIS IS AN in­ter­est­ing re­serve with an­cient hay mead­ows – one that hasn’t been ploughed for about 100 years! An old or­chard adds to the pos­si­bil­i­ties and two ponds help, too. There are lots of hedges around and clumps of veg­e­ta­tion like bram­bles with big trees, es­pe­cially oak, here and there. Also there are un­clipped, large hedgerows on the tracks around and nearby. I’ve added small ad­ja­cent wood­land to the walk, so there should be a good range of birds to see in all. Also, there are many dif­fer­ent plants and herbs, one of which is called Pignut, a species well-known for pro­vid­ing a home for the small black Chim­ney Sweeper moth seen in June/july. Set­ting off from the vil­lage hall, there is a fan­tas­tic view to the west where, in the wide prospect to the far hori­zon, are the hills of Wales, home to those dis­tinct Red Kites – so don’t for­get your bins as they of­ten visit the area. There are sev­eral en­trances to the re­serve and the south­ern ones have a foot­path lead­ing out, but the west­erly one takes you out to Calver Hill and an ex­tra walk from there. In all it’s a good all year site but spring and sum­mer are prob­a­bly the best times to visit.

Lit­tle Owl

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