Weekday and Weekend Walks, and Weekend Coach Outings

Greenham Common BBOWT reserve 2019
Wednesday morning walk

Date: Wednesday 22 May 2019 at 09:30

Details:

Meadow Pipit on bush

On a very nice morning 11 members arrived at the old Greenham Common Tower car park to find a coach full of teenagers, probably being told the history of Greenham Common.

We left the car park and saw whitethroat, linnet and meadow pipit. Walking further round the site we were looking for Dartford warblers and woodlarks. We had no luck until we spoke to two other birders, who pointed us in the right direction to see the woodlarks, although they were very difficult to see even with a telescope.

We walked further on, still looking for the dartford warbler without any luck. We then spoke to the warden who said 'the beast from the east' killed most of them off the year before.

We went back to the pond near the tower as one member had heard Dartford warblers there at 9am. Still no luck. We decided to go for refreshment at a nice pub by the River Kennet.

Having seen 35 species and 1 heard before lunch, we all went on our way home.

 

Greenham Common BBOWT, 22/5/2019, sunny

Little Egret

Red Kite

Common Buzzard

Little Ringed Plover

Black-headed Gull

Wood Pigeon

Swift

Magpie

Jay

Jackdaw

Rook

Carrion Crow

Blue Tit

Great Tit

Woodlark

Skylark

Swallow

House Martin

Chiffchaff

Willow Warbler

Blackcap

Garden Warbler

Whitethroat

Dartford Warbler (H)

Wren

Starling

Blackbird

Robin

Stonechat

Dunnock

House Sparrow

Pied Wagtail

Meadow Pipit

Greenfinch

Linnet

Goldfinch

35 Bird Species seen plus 1 heard

Other Wildlife

Rabit

Grey Squirrel

Frog (H)

Orange Tip Butterfly

Large White Butterfly

dragonfly

Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly

Moth

11 People

 
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View over Dorney Wetlands and Jubilee River

 

Meet at 9.30 am in the Control Tower car park, off Burys Bank Rd, near RG19 8DB
Lat/Long: 51.382882, -1.284171                  OS SU499651
Click here for a map of the car park location

Greenham and Crookham Commons are the largest open heath in Berkshire. They are an SSI and the heart of the West Berkshire Living Landscape.  Heathers, gorse, wildflower grasslands and bare gravel.

Flat with easy paths, suitable for those with limited walking ability. Suggested car park donation is £3.

The Café, airfield history museum and enclosed viewing gallery in the control tower are not open on a Wednesday.

Hope to see stonechats, whitethroats, lesser whitethroats, linnets, woodlarks, meadow pipits and Dartford warblers.

After the visit to Greenham Common you could visit Bowdown Wood which is just on the opposite side of Burys Bank Road. The popular Lower Farm Gravel pit is also close by.

Click here for the BBOWT Greenham Common website.


Click here for information about Greenham Birding