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Warburg BBOWT Nature Reserve 2018
Wednesday morning walk

Date: Wednesday 6 June 2018 at 09:30


On a very nice day 11 people turned out to walk round a small nature reserve set fairly high up in the Chilterns.

As we walked around the birds were a bit thin on the ground but the butterflies, moths and some orchids, aromatic marjoram, thyme and helleborines made up for the lack of birds.

We heard blackcaps, chiffchaff and green woodpeckers and had views of a pair of marsh tits with insects in their beaks so were obviously feeding young.

We walked back towards the centre where the hide is and where the pond and feeders are and saw nuthatch and great spotted woodpecker (with young) on the feeders but the best view was of the marsh tit also on the feeder.

There were three sparrowhawks flying above the car park.

The total number of birds seen was 18 and 4 were heard. We have not been to Warburg for five years and the road has NOT improved.


Warburg BBOWT, 6/6/2018, sunny


Red Kite


Wood Pigeon

Green Woodpecker (H)

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Carrion Crow

Blue Tit

Great Tit

Coal Tit

Marsh Tit


Chiffchaff (H)

Blackcap (H)


Wren (H)



Song Thrush




18 Bird Species seen and 4 heard

Other Wildlife

Grey Squirrel

Meadow Brown Butterfly

Speckled Wood Butterfly

Common Blue Butterfly

Small Heath Butterfly

Dingy Skipper Butterfly

Painted Lady Butterfly

Yellow-barred Longhorn Moth

Read-headed Cardinal Beetle

Carder Bumblebee

Tree Bumblebee

11 People



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Warburg grass and trees

Take the B480 north and 200m after the Rainbow pub, take the second left. After 0.6 miles, turn right at the junction, towards Bix Bottom. Warburg is 1.4 miles along this single-track road. The car park is one mile NNW of RG9 6BJ at Lat/long: 51.5851, -0.9617  OS SU720878

Click here for a map of the location of the free car park.

This flagship BBONT reserve consists of remote flower-rich grasslands and a wooded valley, high in the Chilterns. The reserve is famous for its scenery, orchids, rare flowers and rare butterflies.

We expect to see red kite, buzzard, marsh tit, bullfinch, nuthatch and warblers, possibly snakes and lizards. Little chance of seeing the resident dormice or tawney owl.

Facilities - toilets, no food, two hides, a pond, feeders. Some steep paths, mud possible, under two miles.

Click here for information about the reserve.

Click here for the list of birds seen and heard on our 2013 visit.

Warburg bird hide and pond