Trip reports

A November morning walk around Parc Slip Reserve, Tondu.

A November morning walk around Parc Slip Reserve, Tondu.
John Roach

Sunday, 13 November 2016

The group of 11 met up at Parc Slip on a fine autumn morning. The reserve is on reclaimed land from open cast and deep mining and is generally flat but with poor soil and drainage. There is small but welcoming visitor centre and cafe. Paths around the reserve are in mostly good condition so it is easy to plan your walk using the map provided. The small marsh area with bird feeders provided Robin, Blue Tit, Coal Tit and Chaffinch. Other woodland birds were seen on the walk to the first hide overlooking a small lake where there were a few residents e.g. Mallard, Teal, Little Grebe and Moorhen. Meadow Pipits were seen here and at other areas. Siskins were seen on the walk to the second hide that gave only views of tall reeds. The third hide was of a stilt structure (see photo) and gave a view over a set of scrapes. A Snipe was seen here as well as a close up of a buzzard. On the walk through the wooded paths back to the start goldcrest, goldfinch and jay were seen. The group arrived back at the cafe where a song thrush, bullfinch and greenfinch were other birds attracted to the feeders. 26 species were seen during the walk and the cafe refreshments were good as well.