At the car park there is a map of the woods showing four specific footpaths. We found the reserve to be well maintained with the footpaths clearly marked with route markers showing you which walk you are on; there is even a separate route specifically for dog walkers. and although one or two dog owners chose to ignore the no dog signs, this was only on the footpath back to the car park.Cycling on the footpaths is prohibited, but only shown on a small sign at the start.
|Female Blackcap - Leybourne Lakes 25-9-2010 - Canon 400D + 100-400mm|
|Goldcrest - Seasalter 12-10-2010 - Canon 400D + 100-400mm (and 3 hours of waiting)|
During lunch I heard a Chiffchaff calling, which afterwards I was able to track down at the edge of a clearing. It was about ¾ way through the walk before I managed to spot a couple of Great Spotted Woodpeckers high in the canopy where they were attacking leaves at the tops of the trees. I assume this is where a lot of the insects were to be had as this was also where the Blue Tits were feeding. Other sightings for the day were a male Blackcap, a female House Sparrow, several Jays, a Rook (at the reserves edge) and a Wood Pigeon. All in all a very short day list.
|WhiteStork - Cadzand Bad, Holland 6-8-2010 - Olympus SP-590UZ|
|Wood Ant nest - Blean - Olympus SP-590UZ|