Budby Common

  • Budby Forest South in Autumn

    Another unseasonally warm day today as we headed off to Budby Common and Budby Forest South. Not a lot of bird or mammal activity around today save for a few jays busily flying across the heathland, stashing acorns for the winter to come. We were also treated to a "snow storm" of long-tailed tits, that descended like frantic snowflakes from the tree canopy while we were sat having a break. The autumn colours are really in full swing now and many of the trees were dropping leaves in the slightest of breezes. Sycamore in Autumn   The beech woodland was looking... read more

  • Beginners Birdwatching Courses - Woodland and Farmland

    We have been running some more of our ever popular Beginners Birdwatching Courses recently. The days are ideal for people who are either new to birdwatching or wanting to improve their skills in specific environments such as woodland birds, inland water birds or birds of coniferous woodlands and heathland. We keep the group sizes small so that each participant gets the individual attention they need. On the woodland and farmland courses we have seen a good range of species such as kestrel, buzzard, linnet, skylark, yellowhammer, lesser redpoll, siskin, great spotted and green woodpecker, nuthatch, treecreeper, marsh tit, long-tailed tit,... read more

  • Nightjars on Budby Common

    After what seems like weeks of wet weather, we finally got a calm, clear, sunny evening which enabled us to go up to Budby Common at dusk and look for nightjars. These elusive summer visitors come to the UK from their African wintering grounds. They are incredibly well camouflaged, secretive and nocturnal, which makes spotting them quite a challenge. Budby Common with it’s combination of grazing land and open heath makes it one of the best places in the midlands to see nightjars. We arrived at about 8.30pm to get a feel for the site and to try... read more

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