Weekday and Weekend Walks, and Weekend Coach Outings

Burnham Beeches 2019
Wednesday morning walk

Date: Wednesday 13 February 2019 at 09:30

Details:

On a very nice bright but chilly morning 24 people turned out for a walk around Burnham Beeches.

The path from the main building has been improved since our last visit in 2016. We walked down to Upper Pond and saw moorhen, mallard and 16 mandarin ducks.

Walking on to The Heath we saw long-tailed tits, coal tits and some saw a goldcrest.

We continued, passing Middle Pond and Druids Oak, seeing nuthatches, blue tits and great tits. There appear to be more grey squirrels about than usual, which won’t do the small birds any favours. We also noticed far fewer fungi than we normally see at Burnham Beeches.

There had been reports of a lesser spotted woodpecker seen near The Moat, which was about another 30 minutes walk. As most people had not seen one before, most people decided to go. Having arrived at The Moat we scanned the area, but no luck, although some thought that they heard it.

We then made our way back to the main centre but the cafe is closed until April.

It was a good walk around Burnham Beeches which most people enjoyed.

 

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Burnham Beeches, 13/2/2019, sunny intervals

Mandarin Duck

Mallard

Red Kite

Common Buzzard

Moorhen

Wood Pigeon

Green Woodpecker

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (H)

Ring-necked parakeet

Magpie

Jay

Jackdaw

Carrion Crow

Goldcrest

Blue Tit

Great Tit

Coal Tit

Long-tailed Tit

Nuthatch

Treecreeper

Wren

Blackbird

Song Thrush

Redwing

Robin

Dunnock

Brambling

Chaffinch

Goldfinch

Siskin

30 Bird Species seen plus 1 heard

Other Wildlife

Grey Squirrel

24 People

 
---- Original Programme Information ----

Meet at 9.30 am in the car park, Lord Mayors Drive, Farnham Common, beyond SL2 3PS.
Lat/Long:51.5562,-0.6235   OS SU955850

Click here for a map of the Car Park location

Habitat: ancient Beech and Oak woodland, wood pasture, coppice, ponds and streams, grassland, valley mire and heathland.

Facilities: Public toilets and Information Point by the car park. The car park is free weekdays but a £3 donation is requested. The Café is currently closed (Feb 2019).

A guided stroll of about two miles, through ancient Beech and Oak woodland, wood pasture, coppice, ponds and streams. There will be enthusiasts to help you to find wildlife, and to assist with bird identification. Suitable for ages 11+

You will meet other bird watchers, perhaps improving your knowledge and identification skills.

Please wear suitable footwear and clothing. Bring binoculars if you have any.

Expect to see Mandarin duck, jay, nuthatch, coal tit, tree creeper, song thrush and all the normal woodland birds.

Some chance to see sparrowhawk, fieldfare, redwing, goldcrest, firecrest, marsh tit, brambling, redpoll, bullfinch.

Also varied fungi, wood ants.

Click here for information about Burnham Beeches

Click here for the report of our previous visit to Burnham Beeches

 

Lily pond on a misty morning