A beautiful part of the Shropshire Hills
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.