Trip report: Lower Woods Nature Reserve (10 May 2013)

Before we started our evening walk through Lower Woods there was a Treecreeper calling at the car park. The woods resounded with birdsong, made particularly difficult to identify by the Song Thrushes, which could be heard at all points on our walk. By the stream we saw a Spotted Flycatcher. This is the first time I have spent more time studying the flowers, including Wood Anemone, Violet, Primrose, Bluebell, Ramsons, Early Purple Orchid, Lesser Celandine, Cuckoo Flower and Cowslip than watching birds. Only once did I look up to see and hear a Nuthatch. We climbed out of the valley to have great views of Swallows, House Martins and Swifts flying over the fields. As it grew dusky a Tawny Owl called and then as the Song Thrushes went quiet we could hear three Nightingales singing. We had an excellent woodland walk with 21 species seen. Many thanks to Hazel for leading and knowing the best spot for Nightingales.