Trip reports

Mid-Week Walk at Heartwood Forest

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Our walk started with sightings of a Mistletoe, Red Kite, and also a Skylark which we watched in the sky for a quite a while before it parachuted to the ground. A green wood-pecker was heard as we made our way through an area of trees that had been formerly coppiced - an old 'industrial' landscape. In the field beyond we spotted white droppings beneath a tree which had been provided with an owl box. Some of us mused on the possibility that it was evidence that an owl had been around, but decided that that was probably wishful thinking!

There was 23 people on this walk which had an important fundraising element. At the furthest point hot drinks and a range of home-made cakes came out in return for donations. This way we were able to raise a total of £64.80. While some of us continued scoffing cake others had their binoculars trained on a nearby Yellowhammer. The area chosen for our refreshment stop was one of archaeological interest. It had been crossed by Romano-British trackways and archaeologists had also established the existence of Bronze Age round house and an ancient farmstead which had been occupied from the Iron Age through to the Medieval period.

This was an afternoon walk and as the shadows lengthened we saw a kestrel flying into a wood. Returning along a trackway Yvonne pointed out the series of fence posts on which Little Owls are regularly seen sitting, so that those hoping to see one would know a good place to look if they made a return visit to Heartwood independently of the group.

Birds seen:
Blackbird, Goldfinch, Kestrel, Magpie, RedKkite, Robin, Skylark, Sparrowhawk, Mistle Thrush, Blue tit, Great tit, Wood Pigeon, Yellowhammer, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Green Woodpecker
In total: 15 species