A lovely wood­land walk on a hill­side, plus a lake

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

This is a beau­ti­ful wood­land walk on the edge of a hill­side, fol­low­ing the Here­ford­shire Trail (there is pri­vate prop­erty on ei­ther side, so please keep to the path at all times), and pass­ing a small lake to add to the in­ter­est. There are op­tions for a longer walk but that is your choice on the day. There are lots of tracks through the wood­land but it is a large area and on a hill so if you ex­plore it might be wise to take a compass. There are muddy ar­eas ev­ery­where, par­tic­u­larly af­ter rain, so it’s best to wear good walk­ing boots. There are lovely views of the Here­ford­shire coun­try­side and you can see why it’s a good area for wildlife.

You will al­most cer­tainly hear a Buz­zard mew­ing over­head, a Raven be­ing ha­rassed by corvids or a Kestrel hov­er­ing with in­tent. This is an area with three

parts – wood­land, open coun­try­side and a lake. Nearby Wormelow Tump is re­puted to be the burial ground of King Arthur’s son, Amr. The ori­gin of the word is not clear but it tends to mean a hill fort, a motte of a cas­tle or a burial mound. There are quite a few Tumps in the gen­eral area such as Coles Tump and Cock­yard Tump.

TOP TIP Keep look­ing up – the hill is a good vis mig van­tage point

Mis­tle Thrush

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