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The Wrekin

Wood Warbler

One of Shropshire's most familiar landmarks and at certain times of the year, pretty reliable for some good birds as well! Spring is the main period of interest but it has turned up some interesting birds at other times - like the Firecrest, present on the lower wooded footpath area during the Winter of 2009/10!

Wood Warblers and more....

April will herald an influx of familiar Warblers. Chiffchaff, Blackcap Willow and Garden Warbler will be heard and hopefully seen but the main target bird is Wood Warbler (left) which can be found not far off the main path on the walk up though the deciduous woodland.

Common woodland birds abound and it is a great place to witness a 'dawn chorus', Lesser-spotted Woodpecker is a possibility although I'm not aware of any reports over the past year or two! Tawny Owl breed here and best chance of an appearance is from dusk onwards to hear them calling.

Pied Flycatcher and Common Redstart should be seen during the Spring and Summer months. Much less common of late, Spotted Flycatcher is a possibility?

A walk to the summit is worthwhile for Tree Pipit, listen and look out for them as you leave the woodland behind. Ravens and other common raptors are likely to be seen here too.

The easiest access point is from the main car park and a midweek visit is recommended. At weekends, it can be extremely busy with walkers, dogs etc (watch where you put your feet) - you have been warned! The nearby 'Ercall' area can turn up similar target species too and is worth extending a visit to include this.

The main track up the Wrekin is found at the Eastern end. From the M54 or A5, take the B5061 towards Little Wenlock for a mile or so. Road side parking or the main car park at the base of the large cliff face is pretty obvious and the track up the Wrekin can be seen by the car park/road junction

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