Trip reports

June morning walk along Neath Canal

June morning walk along Neath Canal
John Roach

Sunday, 15 June 2014

The group of fourteen met at the Resolven Car Park including a daughter and father who had motored down from Bristol as part of a Father's day surprise. The Neath river is close to the canal at Resolven and two dippers and a grey wagtail were seen on the river. Bird song was all around us as we walked along the canal bank but few were seen. A few grey wagtails flew overhead (see photo) and some common woodland birds were seen as glimpses in the undergrowth or on the high branches. A willow warbler on a power wire provided a rare example of a woodland bird not afraid to be seen and heard. The destination of the walk, Rheola Lake, showed evidence of tree removal around its edges and only two species were seen around the lake - a Canada goose family and a heron. However the run-down park houses nearby provided nest sites for many swallows and house martins and a buzzard was seen in the distance over the hills. It was a pleasant walk in ideal weather back to the car park but a quiet morning bird-wise with 31 species seen.