The Best Time Of Year
There is some
activity during all four seasons, but the greatest variety of birds
can be seen in the spring and summer. Birds present all the year
include the following: Grey heron, mallard, sparrowhawk, kestrel,
moorhen, black-headed gull, woodpigeon, kingfisher, great spotted
woodpecker, grey wagtail, starling, jay, magpie, jackdaw, rook,
carrion crow, wren, dunnock, blackbird, treecreeper, chaffinch,
bullfinch, greenfinch, goldfinch, song and mistle thrushes, and
blue, great and long-tailed tits.
In spring and
summer, these are joined by swift, swallow, chiffchaff, willow warbler,
and house and sand martins. Redpoll, redwing, and fieldfare make
their appearance in winter.
At the limit
of the surfaced footpath, the Countryside Rangers have created a
small area where annual native wildflowers are grown.
A small herd
of Longhorn cattle is kept on the grassland. Such a scheme enables
the pasture to be kept short to encourage colonisation by grassland
flowers and helps a rare breed of cattle to survive.
of grassland butterflies can be seen on the meadows. These include
large skipper, large, small and green-veined white, orange tip,
small copper, meadow brown, small heath and wall, chimney sweeper
moths are abundant in June and July.