Oak’s Drove, to the east of the main reserve, is well-provided with native trees and adjacent ponds alongside the drove where we saw Mute Swan and cygnets, Lapwing, Swallow and Little Egret. Jays flit among the trees.
Farmland to the north of the reserve is good for Buzzards.
Dagg’s Lane Drove, heading into the reserve from the north, whets the appetite for getting deeper into the reserve as it runs beside ponds and reedbeds. Along here we heard the ‘chwing’ of Bearded Tits before we saw them. Also common are Reed Bunting, Cormorant and Grey Heron. In the tree-flanked areas look out for Siskin in winter.
From the many hides there is much to see. We spent ages in the Island Hide watching a Great White Egret guzzling fish along the reedy margins. Also look out for Marsh Harrier, Shelduck and Goosander. We failed to hear or see Bittern, but they are there.