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Monday 6th April
Every Monday we will be visiting one of our nature reserves in the south-east find out which species of birds live there or visit during the spring and summer months.
Our chosen reserve this week is Blean Wood.
Blean is a small village in Kent situated just five miles north of Canterbury. The reserve is west of, and immediately adjacent to, the A290, opposite Blean village. The wood covers an area of over ninety square hectares.
Blean Wood is the largest ancient broadleaved woodland in southern Britain. Hornbeam, hazel, beech, oak, birch and sweet chestnut grow on the reserve, while brambles, bracken and bluebells are dominant on the woodland floor. Plants such as common spotted orchid, common centaury and St John’s wort are found in the woodland rides.
The wood is home to many forest birds such as woodpeckers, tree creepers and nuthatch. Spotted flycatcher, nightjar, bullfinch and hawfinch are also seen here and there is an important population of nightingales. A lucky visitor in summer might hear the sweet fluting song of the golden oriole, an occasional summer rarity.
- Listening for nightingales in areas of dense undergrowth
- Looking out for 'roding' woodcocks at dusk
- Tracking down willow warblers, chiffchaffs and blackcaps in scrubby areas
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