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Wiltshire birding sites

Information on some of the best locations for birdwatching in the county is provided here. (Information is only available for some sites at present, but more will be added shortly.)

Safety & Access Guidelines

Please read these guidelines on safety and access if you are considering visiting Salisbury Plain.

Wiltshire bird list

A total of 318 species have been recorded in Wiltshire. More information is provided here. A complete list of the species and their status will be provided shortly.

Somerford and Milbourne Commons are a single complex divided north to south by a road (Stoppers Hill) and a byway.  It is a Forestry Commission site with a wide number of habitats ranging from solid blocks of commercial conifer plantation to large broad-leafed areas and wide open spaces over an undulating landscape. It is home to large numbers of coal tit and goldcrest with lesser redpoll, siskin and regular occurence of crossbill in the winter. Curlew can often be heard in the Spring both in the complex and in the meadows around the edges. At the time of writing, the FC plan to create a large woodland pond in the north-west corner of the plot, which should increase the interest at the site.  There is car parking in many of the gateway entrances and at the northern end of the byway.  Grid Reference SU SU020860.

Webb's Wood has been managed as a commercial woodland by the Forestry Commission for decades but has a wide variety of habitats within its boundaries.  There are large areas of broadleaved woodland, blocks of conifer and wide open areas where the trees have been felled.  There are dry areas and boggy wet areas.  The FC's plan is to return the entire site to native British woodland species as the commercial crops are harvested.  It is a large area and holds a wide and interesting variety of birds at all times of the year.  Paths are well defined through the wood but can get extremely muddy in places.  It is an interesting site that promises to get better as the FC develop their plans. Grid Ref: SU045855.

The Ravensroost complex is centred on Ravensroost Woods and, as well as the wood, includes Ravensroost, Avis, Distillery and Warbler Meadows. The wood is a coppiced hazel wood with mature oak guard trees.  Bird interest includes all of the usual woodland species plus Marsh Tit, Spotted Flycatcher and Lesser Spotted Woodpecker. It is a fine spot for butterflies with Silver-washed Fritillary, White Admiral, Brown and Purple Hairstreaks occurring every year.  The ponds are home to all three species of newt and, if you are lucky, grass snakes can be seen hunting in the ponds.  Dogs are welcome - but must be kept on a lead.  There is parking at the south end of the wood.  Grid reference SU0288.

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Grid reference: SU2661

Reservoir next to Kennet & Avon Canal. Little Grebe, Canada Goose, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Kifngisher, Mute Swan, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Heron are regulars. Occasionally  Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Goosander, Shoveler amongst others.

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