Weekday and Weekend Walks, and Weekend Coach Outings

Aston Rowant 2019
Wednesday morning walk

Date: Wednesday 17 April 2019 at 09:30


Leaving Maidenhead at about 8:30am, the roads were clear and the weather was good until we reached Stokenchurch. Then it was thick fog, which was not what we wanted for birdwatching.

We decided to walk round Cowleaze Wood first. Although foggy, we did see blackcap and Chiffchaff. In the ploughed field next to the wood was a female wheatear and some linnets.

Walking into the field which looks over the valley, there were good numbers of red kites and buzzards. And the sun came out.

Going on further round the wood some of the group watched a sparrowhawk building a nest. The rest of the group went on to see coal tit, goldcrest and nuthatch.

Having arrived back at the car park we went across the road towards Linky Down where the ring ouzel had been seen every day for about two weeks. However the weather had turned warmer and they had all moved on. So no sightings for us, for the 4th year running..

A very good turnout by the group. Nineteen people saw 26 species and heard 6.

Click Here to see photos taken on the walk


Aston Rowant, 17/4/2019, mist then sun


Red Kite


Common Buzzard

Stock Dove (H)

Wood Pigeon

Green Woodpecker (H)

Great Spotted Woodpecker (H)





Carrion Crow


Blue Tit

Great Tit

Coal Tit

Skylark (H)

Long-tailed Tit




Treecreeper (H)



Song Thrush (H)







26 Bird Species seen plus 6 heard

Other Wildlife

Grey Squirrel


Orange Tip

A single black lamb

19 People

---- Original Programme Information ----

Meet in the Cowleaze Wood car park by 9.30 am. The car park is off the B4009 near OX49 5HX. OS SU725956 Lat/Long: 51.6547, -0.9525
Click here for a location map of the car park

Aston Rowant map

Aston Rowant National Nature Reserve lies on the northern edge of the Chilterns, with views across the Vale of Oxford. It is one of the best places in England for watching Red Kites. Mainly grazed chalk grassland, plus some scrub, and Beech woodland. The reserve is bisected by the M40 - we will be looking at the southern portion. We will also visit Cowleaze Wood, famous for its bluebells, wood anemone and celandine. No facilities.

  • Expect red kite, buzzard, red-legged partridge, pheasant, bullfinch
  • Good chances of marsh tit, coal tit, long-tailed tit, goldcrest, nuthatch.
  • Fifty-fifty for ring ouzel, wheatear, firecrest, linnet, treecreeper, blackcap, song thrush, skylark
  • Possibly - crossbill, whitethroat, mistle thrush, redpoll, grey partridge, yellowhammer.

Keep your eyes open for yellow meadow ant, lambs, deer, hare and rabbit.

Free car park. No facilities. Walk of less than three miles, long gentle slopes on unpaved paths.

After our visit to the reserve, you might be interested in Chris's Motel/Cafe, Wycombe Road, Studley Green, HP14 3XB. You can have a transport cafe lunch and then at around 1:30 - 2pm, watch the red kite feed. Expect up to 100 kites in the cafe car park. The cafe is only five miles from Cowleaze Wood car park.

Click here for a report of our March 2016 visit

Click here for a report of our April 2017 visit

Click here for information about the reserve