Trip reports

Hengistbury Head

Hengistbury Head
Tony Bates

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

On a grey overcast drizzly day, six members turned up for the walk around Hengistbury Head. We set off on the main path from Sky Larks cafe past the information centre. In the Barn Field to the right we saw stonechat, robin, reed bunting and meadow pipit. To the left on the edge of the reed beds were little egret, coot, mute swan, great crested grebe and in the distance cormorants. From here we made our way to the south side of Long Field noting a flock of lapwing flying over. We then took the grass track towards the wooded area. As we progressed along the track blackbird, linnet, jays, crow, blue tit and kestrel were observed. On exciting the woods, we came upon a flock of long-tailed tits, with great tit and blue tit among them.

On reaching Holloway's Dock we observed mallard, redshank, black-tailed godwit, oystercatcher, dunlin, shell duck and black-headed gull. The view out to sea was very limited so we took the path up to the viewing area on the edge of the Head observing great black-backed gull. From here we headed towards the Quarry and Lily Ponds; unfortunately, very little was seen along this section. On the path back to the Cafe song thrush, linnets, magpie and starling were seen.

Species list:
Mute swan, shelduck, mallard, great crested grebe, cormorant, little egret, kestrel, coot, oystercatcher, lapwing, dunlin, black-tailed godwit, redshank, black-headed gull, herring gull, great black-backed gull, wood pigeon, meadow pipit, dunnock, robin, stonechat, blackbird, song thrush, long-tailed tit, great tit, blue tit, jay, magpie, carrion crow, starling, reed bunting