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

Aston Rowant 2018
Wednesday morning walk

Date: Wednesday 18 April 2018 at 09:30


On a nice sunny morning, the first for a while, 15 people turned out for a walk around Cowleaze Wood.

We walked from the car park into Cowleaze Wood and to start with there were not many birds about, apart from blue tit chaffinch, robin and good views of nuthatch.

When we reached the far end of the wood, looking across the field, we did have the usual views of red kites in good numbers and also buzzards and sparrowhawks.

Looking from the wood there was a herd of red deer and one fallow deer on its own on the edge of the wood.

Continuing our circular walk through the wood we saw coal tits, long-tailed tits and Goldcrest. Walking back towards the car park we saw blackcaps, goldfinches, linnets, bullfinches and muntjac.

Over the road the Aston Rowant reserve was disappointing. We had hoped to see ring ouzel and wheatears but our luck was out again as we had missed them by a few days.

After our walk we went to the pub for food and drink. The number of species seen was only 29 but the bluebells were just coming out which was a bonus.

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Click Here to see a few photos from the visit

Aston Rowant, 18/4/2018, sunny


Red Kite


Common Buzzard

Wood Pigeon

Green Woodpecker (H)




Carrion Crow


Blue Tit

Great Tit

Coal Tit


Long-tailed Tit


Willow Warbler



Treecreeper (H)




Song Thrush (H)

Mistle Thrush







29 Bird Species seen and 3 heard

Other Wildlife

Muntjac Deer

Fallow Deer

Red Deer

Grey Squirrel

Brimstone Butterfly

Peacock Butterfly

white butterfly

15 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