Our Morning Walk at Temple Balsall 15th May 23

Thanks to everyone who joined us for this walk. We followed a varied route across farmland, grassland, meadow, waterside and woodland. We visited the Temple Balsall and Cuttle Pool Warwickshire Wildlife Reserves. Thanks also to Nick for leading the walk. We overran our usual two hours but we had so much to see.

During the walk we also were lucky to have a chat with one of the original landowners dating back to when the Cuttle Pool reserve was a sand and gravel extraction quarry. Rob showed us an early photo of some of the quarrying machinery with him aboard the tractor. Thanks Rob

We heard more than we saw but overall we were happy with the 39 species. It was pleasing to see three swifts overhead. There was plenty of evidence of nesting birds and a blue tit which was nesting in a chimney. Unfortunately the blue tit was quicker than the camera but at least there’s a photo of the chimney with the missing brickwork where the blue tit entered! It’s always worthwhile keeping a watch on exposed chimneys at this time of year as you may well see jackdaws or crows taking advantage.

There were also lots of wild plants and butterflies. These local reserves are easily overlooked and are very enjoyable in their own right but can also be built into an extended walk across neighboring public rights of way. For those who’ve not visited before, there is good car parking at Fen End Road is bigger than you’d expect.

Here’s a list of what we saw or heard:

  • Black cap
  • Blackbird
  • Blue tit
  • Buzzard
  • Carrion Crow
  • Chaffinch
  • Chiff chaff
  • Coot
  • Dunnock
  • Garden warbler
  • Goldfinch
  • Great spotted woodpecker
  • Great tit
  • Green finch
  • Green woodpecker
  • Grey heron
  • Herring gull
  • House Martin
  • House Sparrow
  • Jackdaw
  • Kestrel
  • Lesser Whitethroat
  • Linnet
  • Long tailed tit
  • Magpie
  • Pheasant
  • Pied Wagtail
  • Reed bunting
  • Robin
  • Sky lark
  • Song thrush
  • Stock dove
  • Swallow
  • Swifts
  • Tree creeper
  • Whitethroat
  • Wood Pigeon
  • Wren
  • Yellow hammer