A Busy Week

Started on Monday with a half-morning visit with Matt to the current local wader hotspot of Pit 132 which is just over the border in Gloucestershire. The morning started well with a Little Owl seen on the fence of RAF Fairford. 132 didn’t disappoint with ten of Green and six Common Sandpipers, five Little-ringed Plover, singles of Ruff and Snipe and plenty of Lapwing. Also at least twenty Little and three Great White Egrets.

On Tuesday it was a trip to Salisbury Plain with Ian who was staying in the area for a few days. Again fairly successfull with three Stone Curlew, Curlew, three Gropper, several Whinchat and many Stonechat seen. Also plenty of Corn Buntings, Yellowhammers and Linnets. We missed out on Tree Pipit and Great Bustard though which was a shame.

I also managed to evening visits to Liddington Hill area which gave me four and two Quail.

2 responses to “A Busy Week

  1. Kevan Marriner

    I can’t seem to find the obvious (or maybe it just isn’t obvious) place to view 132. If I walk from the road to I hop over the first gate or carry on further?

    • Close to where the aircraft land over the road near to Whelford there is a road that heads away from the airbase. Follow this with the military buildings on your right. Pass the sewage works and at the end there is a track to the right which goes to Kempsford. Park here keeping clear of the gate to the quarry. A footpath heads off to the left. Follow this until you reach another quarry road. Turn left and then right. 132 is now on your left. Follow the path around alongside the pit viewing through the gaps in the hedgerow.

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