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June 2013

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Male redstart perched on branch

Welcome to Gilfach Nature Reserve, the jewel in the crown of Radnorshire Wildlife Trust.

This real gem of a reserve is hidden amongst the hills of Radnorshire. It has everything - rolling hills, old oak woods, a river with crystal clear water and birds galore! On the road into the reserve Red Kites flew over our head as did a pair of Raven. No sooner had we arrived than we spotted a pair of Redstart hunting for food along one of the tracks. Views of both birds down to a matter of a few feet were truly fantastic. A walk along into the Oak Wood produced more Redstart, a few pairs of Pied Flycatchers and several singing Wood Warblers, with one obliging bird singing on an open branch for us. We had great views of all these birds, which was surprising given that it was raining heavily and the wind was really gusting ! Robin, Blue and Great Tit plus a Redstart would come to feed on meal worms put down by the Wildlife Trust staff. After a quick food stop in the 15th Century Long House, from which we could watch the feeders and the tits and Great Spotted Woodpecker feeding there, we set off for a walk down to the river. Spotted Flycatcher and Green Woodpecker provided interest in the walk down to the river. The river itself holds breeding Dipper and Grey Wagtail, both of which were seen by all the group. Again, Wood Warbler and Redstart were found in the trees along the river bank and further on a single Tree Pipit was discovered high up on the crown of a tree in the meadow/ moorland close to the river. Everyone of the group said that they would come back to this lovely reserve again - that has not been said about anywhere else we have been !!