Trip report: Ashdown Forest including Old Lodge

We had good warm weather for our visit to the Forest.

23 June 2022

In Old Lodge, a beautiful Sussex Wildlife Trust reserve, Dartford warblers were unusually helpful in showing themselves and we did manage to spot a redstart. Later on the way to Camp Hill Clump a small snake, which we decided was an adder, slithered quickly across the path in front of us.

Here’s the list of birds, only 23 but some good ones – and a lovely place to see them:

blackbird
blue tit (h)
carrion crow
chaffinch
chiffchaff (h)
Dartford warbler (in several places)
goldcrest

goldfinch
great spotted woodpecker
jay
linnet
magpie
mistle thrush
nuthatch (h)
pheasant (h)

redstart
robin
stonechat
whitethroat
willow warbler
woodpigeon
wren
yellowhammer (h)

We also saw roe deer and several dragonflies including a four-spotted chaser.

Leader: Martin Ellis