CURRENTLY ON HOLD. IF THE GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES CHANGE BEFORE THE DATE OF THE WALK WE WILL LET YOU KNOW BUT AS IT STANDS AT THE MOMENT WE CANNOT RUN OUR WALKS PROGRAMME. PLEASE BEAR WITH US AND WE WILL GET GOING AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
Warham and Stiffkey for Wintering Birds and the Raptor Roost
Sunday 24 January 2021
1.30pm to 4.30pm
Meet in the free car park on Greenway, Stiffkey, NR23 1QF OS Explorer 251 TF 964 439. Greenway is a turning on the north side of the Coast Road as you leave Stiffkey going west towards Wells. The car park is at the northern end of the track. The walk will be about 2 miles.
From the car park we will start by walking a little way eastwards to the woodland belt that parallels the saltmarsh as it can be a good spot for tit flocks, Goldcrest, woodpeckers as well as being a known site for wintering Yellow-browed Warblers and sometimes even a Pallas's Leaf Warbler can be found there. The fields to the south of the wood can hold wintering finch flocks, Pheasant and both species of Partridge and Barn Owls. After spending sometime in the woodland and fields, always keeping an eye for birds on the saltmarshes to immediately to the north, we will head westwards towards Warham Greens. The stretch of saltmarsh we will walk through is known for roosting raptors in the winter. We will be out until dusk with the hope of seeing Marsh and Hen Harriers coming into the roost along with Short- eared owls, Barn Owl and maybe a Merlin or something rarer. There will be a background of Geese and various gulls too.
Please respect social distancing on the walk. Binoculars are essential to gain full enjoyment from your birding. The leader will carry a telescope on most walks but for personal use only. If you would like to use a telescope during the walk please bring your own along, they can be very useful. Stout footwear is recommended as paths may be slippery or muddy particularly after rain. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Sorry no dogs except guide dogs.