Trip reports

Midweek Walk - Beauchief

Nuthatch on branch
Nuthatch Photo: PSPB

Wednesday, 10 November 2021

We set off through Beauchief's woodlands and golf courses, not letting a little drizzle dampen our spirits and, in no time at all, the clouds cleared and the sun came out, highlighting the glorious autumnal colours.

There were restless flocks of redwing around Beauchief Hall and these were joined by their larger cousins, mistle thrushes - their loud rattle attracting our attention, as they stood sentinel in the taller trees. In the grounds of the hall, we were also lucky to see a herd of red deer, with the males sporting fine sets of antlers.

Later we focused our binoculars on goldfinches, greenfinches, bullfinches and long-tailed tits, but the highlight of the walk was seeing both male and female mandarin ducks on the pond behind Beauchief Abbey. They are possibly the best ducks in the world - with their stunning colours coming straight off an artist's palette.

We finished our walk in woodland where we saw blue tits, coal tits and a nuthatch. At the end, everyone agreed what a wonderful walk it had been. It may have been November but it was so mild that it certainly didn't feel like it.

24 species seen or heard

Star bird: Mandarin duck

Full list of bird species:
Blackbird
Black-headed gull
Blue tit
Bullfinch
Chaffinch
Coal tit
Common buzzard
Crow
Dunnock
Goldfinch
Greenfinch
Jackdaw
Jay
Long-tailed tit
Mallard
Magpie
Mandarin duck
Mistle thrush
Moorhen
Nuthatch
Redwing
Robin
Woodpigeon
Wren