National Grid SE 6868 1103 0o0´/0o0´ 5ha 4m, flooded arable land, rough grass and a bit of scrub before now gone 

Birding Site Guide

This small site used to be a good little area of flooded fields near the M180 motorway junction 1 with the roundabout onto A614. However it was scraped with a view to possible sand and gravel extraction, but then just left. The wet area was then larger and deeper and was still good for birds and it was left this way for some years. Then it was finally taken over by an aggregate recycling company, who brought in crushing and grading machines and processed incoming soil and stone. That was the end for the bird interest and the site looks to remain this way. 

I have included it just to show how easily and insidiously, almost in perceptively wildlife areas are being lost. It wasn’t a great site, it never had a major rarity, but it was an oasis in a sea of arable farmland, motorways and urban sprawl that provided a vital truck stop for passing migrants and was home year round for Kestrels and voles alike. Now its gone. 

Species seen

  • Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis
  • Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus
  • Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
  • Mute Swan Cygnus olor
  • Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus
  • Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  • Teal Anas crecca
  • Mallard Anas platyrhynchus
  • Shoveler Anas clypeata
  • Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula
  • Kestrel Falco tinnunculus
  • Grey Partridge Perdix perdix
  • Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
  • Coot Fulica atra
  • Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius
  • Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula
  • Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria
  • Lapwing Vanellus vanellus
  • Redshank Tringa totanus
  • Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus
  • Common Gull Larus canus
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus
  • Herring Gull Larus argentatus
  • Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus
  • Stock Dove Columba oenas
  • Wood Pigeon Columba palumbus
  • Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus
  • Swift Apus apus
  • Skylark Alauda arvensis
  • Sand Martin Riparia riparia
  • Swallow Hirundo rustica
  • House Martin Delichon urbica
  • Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis
  • Rook Corvus frugilegus
  • Carrion Crow Corvus corone corone
  • Starling Sturmus vulgaris
  • Greenfinch Carduelis chloris

Author: BSG