Birdwatching

With the Stiperstones National Nature Reserve just a short walk away the variety of birdlife is exceptional, and great variety can be seen straight from the window. The Stiperstones is the southernmost Red Grouse moor in the UK, Red Kite is often seen and heard circling overhead along with a smorgasbord including Hobby, Buzzard, Sparrow Hawk, Lapwing, Skylark, Curlew, Raven, Meadow Piper, Goldfinch, and Yellow Hammers. In the garden we often have Pied Woodpeckers in the winter and they can be heard through the year. Swifts, Swallows and Housemartins nest in the barn, wood store and under the car port, so beware where you park šŸ˜‰

Roundton Hill Nature Reserve is about 3 miles away with the added benefit of being an ancient hillfort and home to Green Woodpecker, Raven, Redstart, Whitethroat, Common Blue, Grayling, Small Heath, Small Copper, Wall Brown, and Carline ThistleĀ  while Nipstone Rock reserve is a bit closer where skylarks and meadow pipits nest among the tussocks.

The Red Kite feeding station at Gigrin Farm is just over an hour away – “the world’s largest birdtable”, with feeding at 3pm BST (so 2pm GMT in the winter) and the Red Kite feeding station at Craven Arms’ Secret Hills Discovery Centre is slowly building custom.

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