Places to see birds

little egret, wading, water

Go to Eastrop Park during warm weather, when there's a school holiday; fountains spouting, hoards of kids in the paddling pool, queues by the refreshments concession, paddle-boats out on the boating lake, model boats on their designated pond, people using the rope tower or fitness circuit apparatus, joggers, dog walkers, al fresco diners, and more, all over the place and it seems the last place anyone would look for birds. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Come the period from autumn to spring, though, then things become quieter and more interesting. As a bonus, many of the resident birds are habituated to people and allow close approach and, even during the busy times, an early visit may be rewarded with interesting sightings More...

LADLE HILL, ASHLEY WARREN, WATERSHIP DOWN AND WHITE HILL

Chalk downland made famous by Richard Adams, raptors from Red Kites and Buzzards to Kestrels and Sparrowhawks and the occasional migtating Merlins and Hobbies. More...

Pamber Forest

A truly ancient woodland, composed of many copses, it has been heavily exploited for wood-crafts materials as well as timber throughout the ages, a one time part of the Royal Forest of Windsor. Birds all three woodpeckers are possible here, tits including Coal, Marsh and there may still be Willow Tits. Nuthatch, Jackdaw, Tawny Owl, occasional Kestrel. In Autumn and winter mixed flocks may contain Treecreepers and Goldcrests following the Long-tailed Tits which usually lead the "wave" of small birds through the branches and there is an increasing chance of Firecrest. Summer visitors include Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, sometimes a Spotted Flycatcher, or two. More...