Trip reports

Goitstock Woods

Goitstock Woods
Paul Barrett

Sunday, 22 March 2020

Early morning on 15 March, a few hardy souls met at the end of Goitstock Lane for a birdwatching walk under the guidance of local expert, Mark Doveston.
The stream was in full spate which drowned out most of the birdsong and meant we had to rely almost exclusively on our eyesight. As we made our way up to the waterfall, we caught fleeting glimpses of the usual woodland birds.
Reaching Hallas Bridge, the decision was taken to return to our starting point via the fields to the west. There were places where the muddy slopes were decidedly treacherous but we were rewarded for our endeavours when an eagle-eyed member of the party spotted a tawny owl in a hilltop tree.
Returning to the caravan park, we had excellent views of a pair of grey wagtails, a pair of dippers and a flash of electric blue - a kingfisher!
Sadly, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, this will be the last guided walk for the foreseeable future.
Birds seen: blackbird, wood pigeon, great tit, nuthatch, cormorant, herring gull, great spotted woodpecker, crow, song thrush, blue tit, wren, tree creeper, long tailed tit, robin, dipper, grey wagtail, jay, tawny owl, bullfinch, heron, mallard, jackdaw, kingfisher.