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Kenfig Pool NNR

Large freshwater pool in National Nature reserve covering large area of open heathland and dunes. Extensive reed beds and scrub round the lake.

Heath and scrub area good for whitethroat, lesser whitethroat, blackcap , chiffchaff, willow and wood warblers. Dunes have regular merlin, peregine and kestrel.

Lake has good numbers of wintering wildfowl. Pochard, teal, tufted duck. Bittern winter here, and are often highly visible as they fly over the reedbeds at any time of day.

Drake redhead has been present since 2001 (with wintering pochard). Looks extremely similar to drake pochard, different bill pattern and slightly darker back are best identification markers. A far more attractive duck is the hybrid pochard x ferruginous duck which has been present for the past 2 winters.

Other good sightings this winter have included yellow browed warbler and firecrest. A great northern diver is an irregular winter visitor to the pool.
Best views are from the south hide, with good views into the reeds for bittern and water rail in winter; sedge reed and cettiā€™s warbler in summer.
Area has a lot of disturbance from dog-walkers.

A walk out through the dunes to Sker Point may reveal wintering purple sandpipers.

Nearby Eglwys Nynudd reservoir is often good for wintering ducks, possibly scaup, long tailed duck as well as grebes and divers, though the lake does seem to have less and less each winter.
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