Places to see birds

Whixall Moss

Whixall Moss

Curlew and Skylark are plentiful during Spring and Summer. A round trip walk (see map below) will allow you take in most of 'what's about'. The small pools may hold a wader or two, Common Snipe, Redshank and Dunlin are possible. Cuckoo are now generally quite difficult to find in Shropshire but this is one place you really do have a good chance of success! The last two weeks in April will see birds arriving and calling, thereafter, anywhere on the Moss is likely to produce adults and later on, their offspring.

The Moss can be an awesome place for raptors. It remains the only place in Shropshire I've seen Montagu's Harrier (a juvenile in June 2006) and my first Shropshire Marsh Harrier! Hen Harrier and Short-eared owl are Winter specialities of the Moss and most of my records have come from visits in November and December. The mid point of the round trip walk (or simply walk straight in) has a slightly raised area where the main paths intersect and is a great spot for raptor watching.
When there is lot's of standing water, don't forget to check out the flooded fields! You can access a good vantage point (the metal canal bridge) either from the Moss itself or via the car park and along the towpath. Anything is possible when this area is on form - plenty of wildfowl and I've also seen Wood Sandpiper, Common/Green Sandpiper, Ringed/Little ringed Plover and Ruff here!