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Old Tuesday 5th February 2019, 20:13   #1
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Hi all,

I know this is a similar-ish thread to some previous ones (I'm sorry!) which, while very useful, don't quite answer my question. Here goes:

Got a couple of days free in the coming couple of weeks which I thought I'd use to try and add Lesser-spotted Woodpecker, Hawfinch, Firecrest, Goshawk & Crossbill to my year list. I've got my 4 sites in mind: Acres Down, Mark Ash Wood, Bolderwood, Blackwater Arboretum. But I have 2 nagging questions:

Mark Ash Wood - I can't seem to find the 'small car park' I've seen mentioned - unless it is the area at 50.863747 -1.6500049? Is the wood just the area on the Eastern side of the road?

Bolderwood - would somebody be able to point me in the direction of the best path(s) to take from the car park at all?

I mean, I am more than happy to park, walk, listen and hope for the best. But if anybody has any specific recommendations, I would be most appreciative! :) My other two sites I am fairly happy with, having been there before (albeit in stifling heat in summer!)

Many thanks in advance,

Tom
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Hi Tom,

Your coordinates are indeed for the car park. It's pretty obvious once you're there, on the eastern side of the road with a big fallen tree right next to it. There are nice trails perpendicular to the road on both sides, but the eastern one has the best habitat (open old growth forest) - it ends at the Bolderwood-Emery Down road after half a mile, so it's not far to go. Should be a nice day out although you'll need a bit of luck to connect with your targets; when were you planning on going? The Hawfinch generally come in to the arboretum later afternoon.

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Hi Tom,

Your coordinates are indeed for the car park. It's pretty obvious once you're there, on the eastern side of the road with a big fallen tree right next to it. There are nice trails perpendicular to the road on both sides, but the eastern one has the best habitat (open old growth forest) - it ends at the Bolderwood-Emery Down road after half a mile, so it's not far to go. Should be a nice day out although you'll need a bit of luck to connect with your targets; when were you planning on going? The Hawfinch generally come in to the arboretum later afternoon.

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Just to be clear, its not really a car park, but a forest entrance with more than usual amount of room to park without blocking the gateway.

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Thanks guys - much appreciated!

Planning on making this an all-day thing. Driving down from Guildford for sunrise (ish) and hoping to stick it out long enough for said Hawfinches at Blackwater late afternoon.

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