Saturday, 4 May 2019

Cromwell Bottom Local Nature Reserve
Goosander Ann FitzGerald

Cromwell Bottom Local Nature Reserve

It is a site rich in biodiversity, boasting 200 bird species. We were shown round by Allan Wolfenden who gave us the history of the site and it's habitats, including wet woodland, riparian, reedbed, canal and birch copses. Sheltered from the northerly wind Willow Warblers, Blackcaps and Whitethroats were announcing their arrival from their winter quarters.

There were excellent views of one of the Kingfishers visiting its nest, the other nest being further down stream.

On the river we saw four Goosanders and a Grey Wagtail, with Swallows and House Martins overhead. Woodland species also included Bullfinch, Great Tit and Blue Tit.

It is a jewel of a site with good paths in a beautiful wooded valley.