Places to see birds

The Park, Tidenham (Chase)

The Park, Tidenham (Chase)
Gavin Black

The Park, Tidenham, also known under the general area name of Tidenham Chase, is an area of restored heathland which has been used as a conifer plantation but is now cleared and grazed to provide habitat diversification and increase biodiversity.
Initially 12ha (30 acres) were cleared, but now the site has been increased to 30ha (75 acres) and birdwatchers visiting the site should not overlook Poors Allotment on the opposite side of the road.
All three species of Woodpecker occur here and several species of scrub and heathland. Tree Pipits, Linnets and Yellowhammers can be found in good numbers on both sites. Stonechats can be found on both sides and Whitethroats. Dartford Warbler has occurred on The Park where Nightjars and Woodcock are regular in spring and summer. Woodlarks came to Poors Allotment for 2-3 years and the occasional Jack Snipe might be flushed from the boggy area near the spring.
Crossbills still appear at the fringes (especially at the Northern edge) of the Park where conifer stands still grow and especially in winter when good numbers of these as well as Lesser Redpolls and Siskins may be encountered along with the resident Yellowhammers, Linnets and perhaps Stonechats.
Poors Allotment is good in winter for various Thrush species and excellent views of Fieldfares feeding in the Apple trees there can be had.
Park in the small car park off the B4228 St Briavels to Chepstow road at ST 559994