Trip reports

Coach outing to The Forest of Marston Vale - Sunday 17 March 2019

Sunday, 17 March 2019

The group visited a lesser known wetland nature reserve, an area of managed reed bed, open water and a shallow lake reserve situated between Bedford and Milton Keynes. The Forest of Marston Vale: Millennium Country Park and The Forest centre has excellent facilities.
54 bird species seen, the stars of the reserve two males and one female bullfinch. The group total included: great crested and little grebes, gadwall, oystercatcher, lapwing, egyptian goose; green woodpecker (on the ground and on tree), stock dove, skylark, dunnock, greenfinch, song thrush, chiffchaff, and wren. Two buzzards sitting in tree together; and there was also reported a kestrel and a lone sand martin. The group was impressed with the design of the six metre high tower hide with its long straight sloping walkway, so no stairs.