Places to see birds

Bedgebury National Pinetum (COVID-19: please check the reserve website for restrictions before visiting).

http://www.kent.gov.uk/leisure-and-community/parks-and-outdoor-activities/find-a-park/bedgebury-national-pinetum-and-forest

Pair of Scottish crossbills at nest

The Bedgebury National Pinetum is one of the finest collections of conifers in the UK. There are over 10,000 trees and shrubs, many rare and endangered in their native habitat, attracting some of the UK's more intriguing birds. Close to the Kent/East Sussex border, 2 miles north of Flimwell, it is also host to some rare and elusive species of British birds.

Traditional woodland birds such as tits, treecreepers, green & great spotted woodpeckers, goldcrests and elusive firescrests are present throughout the year. Winter is the time to catch a glimpse of the elusive hawfinch, the UK's largest finch, as well as species like crossbill, redpoll, siskin and brambling. In summer the pinetum supports a good variety of warblers such as garden warbler, blackcap, whitethroat, willow warbler and chiffchaff. All of these birds are attracted to the wide range of conifers and spruces abundant in the pinetum.

Bedgebury National Pinetum is located on the B2079 between Goudhurst and Flimwell. From Tonbridge it is signposted from the A21 before reaching Flimwell.