The woods provide an excellent habitat for breeding and migratory birds. Amateur ornithologists have been keeping records over a number of years.
The PDF link below contains a table with a summary of the results. As the arable land became increasingly wooded over the 20th century, woodland birds have benefited at the expense of birds more used to farmland. And of course ring-necked parakeets are now everywhere.
The Friends Group is interested in any other records that you are willing to share, as well as any interesting sightings.
Seen in January 2023: a Little Egret and a Common Gull. However no Long-tailed Tits which are usually daily sightings - December's cold snap seems to have reduced the population significantly. Tawny owls have been calling.
February 2023: our first report of the year for a Tree Creeper
April 2023: Buzzards, Red Kites and Sparrow Hawks all seen, along with Blackcap, Green woodpecker and Chaffinch.
May 2023: Pied Wagtails have been seen, and the Buzzards are nesting again this year.