On Sunday the 8th, Helen and I took the chance to walk around the important sites of the square. We started off in Chawton Park Wood, making our way there around the footpaths and down Boyneswood Road.
It is a shame to see the new housing going up here behind the old existing houses, somehow this just doesn’t look right, and you have to wonder about the planning guidelines that allow for this. I know we need the houses, but surely they could be planned to make it look like a village and not jut a mess.
|Looking towards Roe Farm|
As we reached the northern limit the bird calls increased, and we were treated to large flocks of Long-tailed tits, Goldcrests and Blue Tits. In addition Goldfinches were singing a kind of sub song, not quite a full song but completely different from the calls. A couple of Nuthatches were also present giving good views as they called loudly from the top of the trees, and a Great-spotted Woodpecker was drumming towards the north of the area.
When the bridleway was joined by another path we decided to turn back toward Four Marks, almost immediately after we did do we came across a calling Bullfinch that then flew across the path revealing it to be a male. This area looked a good possibility for woodlark and potentially nightjar and woodcock in the summer so I will definitely come back regularly
|Chawton Park Wood|
|Chawton Park Wood Looking towards Alton|
|Swelling Hill Pond|
|Approaching the crossroads in Old Down Wood|