Sunday 8th December 2019WINTER IN THE BRECKS
The Brecks is one of the great natural areas of Britain. It is a place of strange beauty and there are hidden stories connected with it that go back to the Stone Age.
Ancient heathland once covered huge areas of the Brecks, created by the axes of prehistoric farmers and the nibbling teeth of sheep and rabbits. ‘Brecks’ were temporary fields cultivated for a few years and then allowed to revert to heath once the soil became exhausted. Through many centuries the heaths and the mysterious, fluctuating Breckland lakes known as meres, became home to a distinctive range of plants and animals.
We search the vast woodlands for the elusive Hawfinch, which occur in small numbers at this site. Eurasian Siskin and Lesser Redpoll feed in riverside Alders, whilst Common Crossbill is a regular visitor and Brambling feed on Beech mast.
Other species we will look for include Lesser Spotted Woodpecker as well as Common Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, Great Grey Shrike, Goshawk, Grey Wagtail, Mandarin Duck, Marsh Tit, European Stonechat, European Nuthatch and Eurasian Treecreeper.
If time permits, we will visit Lackford Lakes to look for Water Rail, Common Kingfisher and maybe a wintering Eurasian Bittern plus other species.
(does not include reserve admission charges)