37 species of birds along this short but diverse section of old cliffline on a rainy Sunday morning. The dense gorse scrub is populated with numerous Dunnocks, Robins & Chaffinches, and harboured a dozen furtive Song Thrushes, just one of them singing from a tall sycamore. Greenfinches have also begun prospecting the prickly thickets and wheezing in the treetops above. Yellowhammers are easy to find along here, with 9 seen altogether. Out on the fields, Skylarks were singing.
At one point, the traffic of Rooks, Jackdaws, Woodpigeons and Stock Doves was disrupted by the appearance of a Peregrine.
There is a gradual loss of variety along the cliff as gorse and bracken encroaches on the rough pasture and older trees are toppled by gales. Local youngsters, who enjoy making rope swings on the steep slopes, are doing their bit for biodversity by setting fire to sections of gorse, but have also burnt out the core of a battered old Ash, which now lies shattered on the ground.
Along at the Road End flood, there were 22 Mallard, 4 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 2 Gadwall, 2 Shelduck and a Coot.Â