STRET­TON HILLS

A beau­ti­ful part of the Shrop­shire Hills

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

The hills of Shrop­shire are the mak­ers of this lovely county and this par­tic­u­lar area is a colour­ful part with won­der­ful views and, of course, lots of birds. The hills pro­vide a good haunt for rap­tors, with Buz­zard al­ways around and Pere­grine, Kestrel and Spar­rowhawk fairly com­mon. The Goshawk has be­come more fre­quent in the area and Red Kite, too, gen­er­ally in the win­ter. The other to look out for is the Hobby, which can be seen any­where in the Shrop­shire Hills in sum­mer. There are patches of wood­land and val­leys here, so this adds to the range of birds to see, with the usual lo­cals, such as Chaffinch, Robin, Dun­nock and Blue and Great Tits, and scarce ones, such as Short-eared Owl or Jack Snipe that have been recorded in the area. It’s best here to wear good walk­ing boots as some of the hill climbs are quite steep but well marked and some of the tracks are cov­ered in stones, and oth­ers can be muddy after rain. So the Shrop­shire Hills Area of Out­stand­ing Beauty (AONB) cer­tainly lives up to its name. It is a quite in­ter­est­ing and

ad­ven­tur­ous walk which young­sters re­ally en­joy and, hope­fully, learn a lit­tle about birds as they go along, par­tic­u­larly en­joy­ing those high in the sky, such as the Buz­zard or Red Kite.

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