An in­ter­est­ing route cre­ated by the Ice Age

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

This en­joy­able walk has a small lake and a river joined to­gether by hilly mixed wood­land. Throx­enby Lake has ducks and geese, in­clud­ing Tufted Duck and Grey­lag Goose, the wood­land of­fers Great Spot­ted Wood­pecker and Treecreeper, and the river, Dip­per and King­fisher, so there is a good range of birds here. The board­walk along­side the River Der­went is par­tic­u­larly use­ful and there is a no­tice­board at the car park with in­for­ma­tion about birds of the area. There are two op­tions, here – the first is to park at Throx­enby Mere and walk through Raincliffe Wood to the River Der­went at Forge Val­ley then back to the start (about six miles) or there is OTHER WILDLIFE Look for deer, Hedge­hog, Badger and Stoat in the wood­land a car park about half­way to Forge Val­ley for a look at the wood­land, then a car park at Forge Val­ley to walk by the river – the choice is yours. The river, although only a few miles from the sea, in­stead flows for an­other 50 miles or so to join the River Ouse but it is home to trout, Black Lam­preys, Bull­head and eels on its way. The wood­land has a lot of pine, Larch and spruce at­tract­ing those lovely lit­tle Gold­crests – and maybe a Firecrest.

Marsh Tit

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