Warham and Stiffkey for Wintering Birds and the Raptor Roost

DATE: Sunday 23rd January 2022

TIME: 1.30pm–4.30pm

WALK LEADER: Janice Darch

ADVANCE BOOKING REQUIRED: Maximum of 15. Sign up at janicedarch@gmail.com or text to 07796 932595 by 5pm on Thursday 20th January.

MEETING POINT [OS Explorer 251 TF 964 439 / NR23 1QF]: The free car park on Greenway, Stiffkey. 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.

DISTANCE: Approximately 2 miles.


WALK DISCRIPTION: From the car park we will start by walking a little way eastwards to the woodland belt that parallels the saltmarsh which is 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. On our last club visit we had stunning views of Barn Owl here. After spending sometime in the woodland, 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, Peregrine and maybe a Merlin or something rarer. There will be a background of Geese and various gulls too.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: For the safety and well-being of everyone, please continue to respect social distancing on this walk. Binoculars are recommended to gain full enjoyment from your birding and scopes can be useful. The leader carries one for personal use only, so please bring your own if you would like to use one during the walk. Stout footwear is recommended as paths may be slippery or muddy particularly after rain. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times but young people aged 16 and 17 may attend unaccompanied with prior written consent from a parent or guardian who has also supplied a phone number where they can be contacted in emergency. Sorry no dogs except guide dogs.