|A Blashford Brambling demonstrates the effectiveness of its cryptic plumage in leaf litter
Thursday 20th January, 2022
It is an easy run from the Reading area and is situated just north of Ringwood. This is an extensive area of former gravel pits, surrounded by woodland, carr and scrub, which together hold a wide variety of birds. The lakes here can host all sorts of wildfowl, waders and gulls, with some of the scarcer grebes present for much of the winter. The gull roost in particular may well hold scarce and rare species, while Great Egret and Bittern are fairly reliable. The woodland hide provides a feast of small birds and can often reveal a few difficult species. Birds such as Water Rail and Water Pipit are not uncommon and the site boasts a good list of other scarce and rare birds.
Meet at 09.30 a.m. at the visitor centre (SU151 079, BH24 3NU, ///topples.afraid.mingles)