Reports, with Bird Lists, of our Meetings, Walks and Outings

Wishmoor/Swinley Forest 2017
Sunday morning outing

Date: Sunday 9 April 2017 at 09:30


We arrived at Kings Ride on a lovely sunny morning. The temperature was about 20 degrees, making this our third consecutive walk when the weather has been so good.

On the path down from our parked cars, we heard a Nuthatch calling and further on a Blackcap calling. We saw a Blackcap later on.

Further along the path we heard a Chiffchaff and various other birds high up in the conifers. We were hoping to see Crossbill and Redpoll but no such luck.

It was very quiet to start with and then we saw a Tree Pipit in the distance on a dead tree.

We turned onto another path where some trees have been removed and heard a Cuckoo. Within ten minutes we saw three Cuckoos together (2 males and 1 female), at least two weeks earlier than normal.

Walking back to the cars our path was crossed by both lizards and Roe deer. Some of the group saw a Stonechat on top of a small conifer, others had a much closer view of a Tree Pipit. Having arrived back at the cars all 13 people headed home having seen 27 species and 3 that were heard.

Click Here to see a few photos from the walk

Wishmoor, 9/4/2017, sunny


Pheasant (H)

Common Buzzard

Herring Gull

Stock Dove

Wood Pigeon






Carrion Crow

Goldcrest (H)

Blue Tit

Great Tit

Coal Tit


Long-tailed Tit


Willow Warbler




Wren (H)




Tree Pipit



27 Bird Species + 3 heard

Other Wildlife

Roe Deer


Common Lizard

Peacock Butterfly

Brimstone Butterfly

Orange-tip Butterfly

Red Ant

13 People

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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 March 2014

View across paths and hills of Wishmoor Bottom