Trip reports

Nature Walk to Ashdown Forest

Dartford warbler perching on heather

Saturday, 19 June 2021

The weather was cool and overcast for our visit to the open heaths of Ashdown Forest, starting at Old Lodge and continuing at Ellison's Pond. All the species we hoped to see were there, and more:
blackcap, blackbird, chiffchaff, chaffinch, carrion crow, robin, song thrush, blue tit, stonechat, redstart, whitethroat, willow warbler, Dartford warbler, wren (h), goldfinch, coal tit, great spotted woodpecker, nuthatch, greenfinch, magpie, swallow, goldcrest (h), woodlark, tree pipit, swift, grey heron, stock dove, long-tailed tit, dunnock (h), jay, linnet, meadow pipit, skylark, buzzard, herring gull, woodpigeon (36 species).
Our target species of redstart, tree pipit and woodlark all showed well. The surprise, and a first for some of us, was a really good view of a male Dartford warbler.