Heath and Nightjar walk

I am able to offer two opportunities to join a free, leisurely guided walk on one of our most attractive heaths. Most of the time Ash Ranges is closed for military training and shooting but it is possible to visit late in the day when night shooting is not active.

There is no accessible parking nearby so we need to walk a fair distance before entering the heath, all along good, solid but sometimes stony and rutted tracks. Most of the walk on the heath is along these tracks but some will be on narrower paths - the ground is sometimes uneven, tree roots are everywhere and on some slopes the stones make it potentially slippery. My proposed route avoids the main big hills but does involve some short hilly sections.

I would hope to see the following (I saw all these on a visit on 30 June).

  • Nightjars
  • woodcock
  • woodlark
  • stonechats
  • bell heather
  • cross-leaved heather
  • deer

I also heard cuckoo singing (may not be doing that in July). We may catch brief sightings of Dartford warbler, buzzards and a few other birds, I did hear and see a heron fly over and a cormorant!

Walking is at your own risk. 


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