Trip reports

Wednesday Walk: Birling Gap and Plantation Wood

Dunnock on grass

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

The weather forecast on the preceding Sunday indicated a dry day for this walk - in a week of high winds and heavy rain. By Tuesday this had changed to persistent heavy rain and by Wednesday morning there was a suggestion of possible sunshine amongst the rainfall.

So, after a quick discussion in the Birling Gap car park, and an attempt to read the weather conditions at the time, our walk leader Chris Barnett and ten members set off on this walk along the downs to the Belle Tout lighthouse, returning along the lower path through Plantation Wood. A blustery wind reduced the number of birds that were visible, but given the conditions a credible total of 15 species were seen and a green woodpecker heard. They were - chiffchaff, cormorant, crow, dunnock (pictured), herring gull, great black backed gull, jackdaw, magpie, robin, rook, skylark, starling, stonechat, blue tit and woodpigeon.

This enjoyable walk was fortunately in sunshine throughout and we retired to the National Trust shop at Birling Gap to offer up our thanks!

Tony Vass