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Old Wednesday 3rd May 2017, 19:55   #1
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Ross-on-Wye suggestions

Having a few days break sight seeing around Ross-on-Wye with missus. Hope to get out for a bit of birding. Are there any Dippers around this area? Also thinking of trying Nags Head reserve for Pied Flycatcher? These would be my preferred interest coming from lowland Essex but open to suggestions?
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Having a few days break sight seeing around Ross-on-Wye with missus. Hope to get out for a bit of birding. Are there any Dippers around this area? Also thinking of trying Nags Head reserve for Pied Flycatcher? These would be my preferred interest coming from lowland Essex but open to suggestions?
If you are going into the Forest of Dean there are decent places for Dipper.

Wenchford Picnic Parking is one such, there is a brook (Blackpool Brook) below the car park which a bit of searching up and down will usually reveal a Dipper and of course Grey Wagtail. The car park is along the road south-east of Mallard Pike Lake. Its pretty reliable but often disturbed by humans so early morning or evening perhaps best.

The Fountain Inn has a stream behind it and this also holds Dippers. Good pub, too.

Nags Head should work for Pied Flycatcher.

Have a good time. Obviously there are boars, Goshawks and other wildlife around as well to enliven your stay.

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If you are going into the Forest of Dean there are decent places for Dipper.

Wenchford Picnic Parking is one such, there is a brook (Blackpool Brook) below the car park which a bit of searching up and down will usually reveal a Dipper and of course Grey Wagtail. The car park is along the road south-east of Mallard Pike Lake. Its pretty reliable but often disturbed by humans so early morning or evening perhaps best.

The Fountain Inn has a stream behind it and this also holds Dippers. Good pub, too.

Nags Head should work for Pied Flycatcher.

Have a good time. Obviously there are boars, Goshawks and other wildlife around as well to enliven your stay.

John
Thanks. In the end it was quite good considering it wasn't supposed to be a birding trip. In the end got Pied Fly from hide at Nagshead though a bit distant. Great views of Dipper in the stream that runs into Wye near Tintern, where the old iron and wire works were, by the pub, I think it was The George. Lots of Grey Wagtails everywhere. No raptors at all at the viewing point though although only had 30 minutes.
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