Weekday and Weekend Walks, and Weekend Coach Outings

Wishmoor/Swinley Forest 2019
Wednesday morning outing

Date: Wednesday 20 March 2019 at 09:30

Details:

Arriving at Kings Ride at 9:30am, it was a surprise to see as many as 19 people gathered on a rather cloudy overcast morning.

We started to walk around the site which was very muddy in places and found a great shortage of birds.

There were a good number of coal tits and chaffinches but it wasn’t until we got about half way round that we saw lesser redpoll and siskins.

High above the conifers we saw two buzzards and a sparrowhawk in the distance.

Some of us saw a stonechat but no woodlarks or Dartford warblers. That may be because we were about three weeks earlier than normal.

Coming to the end of the walk we saw four more redpolls, which was good.

Thanks to everybody that came, but it was rather disappointing that we only saw 28 species of birds.

 

Wishmoor/Swinley Forest, 20/3/2019, dull

Mallard

Cormorant

Sparrowhawk

Common Buzzard

Wood Pigeon

Great Spotted Woodpecker (H)

Magpie

Jay

Jackdaw

Carrion Crow

Goldcrest

Blue Tit

Great Tit

Coal Tit

Long-tailed Tit

Chiffchaff

Blackcap

Nuthatch

Treecreeper

Blackbird

Song Thrush

Robin

Stonechat

Dunnock

Chaffinch

Greenfinch

Lesser Redpoll

Goldfinch

Siskin

28 Bird Species seen plus 1 heard

Other Wildlife

Grey Squirrel

Bee

19 People

 
---- Original Programme Information ----

Meet at 9.30 am at the on-street parking, King's Ride, GU15 4NG.
OS SU875621  Lat/Long: 51.3512, -0.7445
Click here for a map of the car parking location

There are no facilities.  A walk of around three miles on unsurfaced paths.  Some gentle hills.  The walk is around Wishmoor Bottom, which is a southern part of Swinley Forest.

The area is owned and managed by Crown Estates and is part of the Thames Basin Heaths, a Special Protection Area (SPA).

Trees and grass in Wishmoor Bottom

Click here for a guide to Wishmoor Bottom

Click here for a guide to Swinley Forest

Habitats: Deciduous woodland, coniferous woodland, open heath, gorse, mires.

Look out for crossbill, redpoll, redstart, tree pipit, meadow pipit, woodlark, siskin, firecrest, stonechat, brambling, treecreeper, nuthatch, Dartford warbler

Click here for a report of our visit in April 2017

View across paths and hills of Wishmoor Bottom