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Wood Lane

A nice little reserve, set adjacent to a working sand quarry, which over the past 10 years has established a small breeding population of Lapwings and Little ringed Plover amongst the wetland and other waders regularly drop in on passage. An impressive 170 species have been recorded on the reserve to date!

Avocets Wood lane 2006

There are two hides, 'Lapwing' near the car park and 'Shelduck' a couple of 100 yards along the track between the anglers pools. Both are worth a visit as there are parts of the islands visibly from one and not the other. 'Lapwing' usually turns up the birds present if time is short! Access is by numeric keypad and a permit (free of charge) is required.

For details of how to obtain a permit, click here . The reserve also has it's own website .

Waders on passage....

I'll concentrate on the muddy scrapes visible from 'Lapwing' hide which have the potential to turn up an exciting wader or two! I was lucky enough to be off work on 26th May 2006 and hightailed it over there on hearing that 4 Avocets had dropped in. Eventually after being harrassed by the Shelducks they flew off the same day but this was the first County record! Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank are always possible on passage, I've also seen Ruff and Knot (a January record!) there.

Black-tailed Godwit

The proximity of the local landfill site usually guarantees a good presence from Gulls in winter, Common Gulls are 'common' here amongst the usual gatherings and a Glaucous Gull turned up in November 2009! Common Cranes were also reported in the general area, visible in flight from the hide, during the Summer of 2009, Cattle Egret during Nov 2008 - it remains a site to give a go at almost any time

Water Rail are frequently seen by the hides, Kingfisher too and whilst Common Snipe are plentiful, the odd Jack Snipe has been seen, Curlew can turn up in very large flocks.....

Provided you don't wander into the 'working / no entry areas', a general walk around will yield Warblers (plenty of Sedge) from Spring onwards, Redpoll and Siskin during the Winter. Lots and lots of Sand Martins in Summer (well it is a Sand Quarry) Wood Lane remains the only place I've ever seen a rabbit swim too but that's another story in a talk somewhere......

The reserve is situated down a narrow road off the A528 at Spun Hill crossroads (signposted Colemere), the car park is on the right after a mile or so (see map below)

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