A lovely area of ancient meadows to enjoy birds
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.