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March Bird Walk -Cancelled due to flooding


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

Cancelled due to flooding and forecast rain early Sunday morning which will not help lower the river levels.

Join us for a walk, from 09:00 til around 12:00 you will be guided by an expert local birder. We take a tour around the lakes, and hides of the park and point out all the species we encounter.

March is when our first spring migrants start arriving, a few Chiffchaff may well be in and if conditions have been mild an early group of Sand Martin is not out of the question. If it is sunny, we might hear and see the rather lovely mixed song of Blackcap and by now Skylark will be delighting us on any bright morning. We will be scouring the landfill well as a Wheatear, or erly Yellow Wagtail can occur out there and we are long overdue a Rock Pipit along our shingle shores.

If the SW corner of Lea Farm GP (LFGP) is not flooded then we stand an excellent chance of Little-ringed Plover being new in and if they are around, expect them to be showy and vocal.

Other waders we can expect are lingering Snipe, Oystercatcher – which maybe even on the nest by now, possibly fly over flock of Golden Plover, numerous Lapwing and 1-4 Redshank, looking equally tempted to breed and maybe a passing Dunlin.

All wintering ducks will be around, but in much lower numbers, except Goldeneye which often peak in early March. Water Rail are also known to become more showy in March, just prior to their departure. Brambling more often pass thru than winter and they most often occur under the Bittern hide feeders.

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