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April Bird Walk


Location: Meet at Lavell's Lake car park on Sandford Lane at 09.00

Hopefully we will be starting to come out of Covid-19 restrictions at this time, but until we know for sure what is happening and the rules in place then we don’t know for sure if this bird walk will take place.

If there are still restrictions then we have a booking system (see and do still request a donation of £1.00 either on-line or at the walk.

Join us for a walk, guided by an expert local birder, around the lakes, woods and hides of the park. Whatever your level of expertise you’ll be welcome. £1 donation, children free. Car park charges apply.

Meet 08:55 for 09:00 departure from Lavell’s car park opposite the DAC car park on Sandford Lane, the walk lasts approximately 3 hours. There are no toilets or facilities in the area of the park we visit so do allow for this and bring your own refreshments.


April is an amazing month, always producing over 100 species, the last of the winter visitors will mostly be gone by the day of the bird walk, but you never know the odd Siskin, Lesser Redpoll, or Fieldfare can occur. A few Teal, Shoveler and Wigeon are likely to be around, but our attention on the 10th will mainly be drawn by our early songsters such as Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Song Thrush, Wren, Blackbird, Dunnock, but not forgetting Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Chaffinch and less known for it’s song, the stunning Bullfinch.

Sand Martin should be around, as hopefully be a few House Martin and Swallow, it depends on how mild it has been and what direction the wind has been blowing over the previous week.

If it is colder and showery, then no problem as this can bring early Arctic Tern and Common Tern. On top of the usual Oystercatchers, Redshank, Little-ringed Plover, Lapwing and late Snipe, Common Sandpiper should be about somewhere.

If it is nice and warm and bright, with a light breeze we will keep looking up as early in the month is perfect time for Osprey and Marsh Harrier.

Whatever your level of expertise you’ll be welcome. £1 donation, children free. Car park charges apply.