Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Down in the forest something stirred........ wasn't a note of a bird, it was Wild Boars in the Forest of Dean! The  evidence of Wild Boars is clear to see with grassland, grass verges, parks etc  rooted up by the powerful snouts of the boars.

10th-12th February.
It is a pitiful sight seeing so much devastation by the Boars though it did not spoil what was an enjoyable but very cold weekend in the Forest of Dean.

Highlights over the 2 days included Nuthatches, Robins, Chaffinch, Coal, Blue and Great Tits etc feasting on seed offered at various locations and the most Mandarin Ducks I have ever seen in one go, such stunners!

Beechenhurst Lodge, Forestry commission.

Beechenhurst is a popular country park with walking trails, picnic areas, cafe etc! On this visit there appeared to be no evidence of Wild Boar activity as there had been on my last visit when large areas of grass had been uprooted, it was not a pretty sight! It shows how the grasslands recover in time.
There were 25+ Song Thrushes seeking out worms on the grassy areas close by the visitor centre. I have never seen  them in such numbers. Song Thrushes were heard singing in each area visited over the 2 days, delightful and uplifting especially on such cold and raw days as we were experiencing.!

The 'Food Bank' was busy!





Symonds Yat Rock.
Peregrine (seen twice in flight), Buzzard, Cormorant, Mallard, Coal, Great and Blue Tit, Nuthatch, Chaffinch, Blackbird, Song Thrush and a brief view of a Treecreeper were the species seen on the walk up to the viewing point and whilst at the point.

Cannop Ponds
A series of manmade ponds that attract a good selection of bird life! Mandarin Ducks in good numbers were the highlight on this visit!

It was good to have paid a return visit to the Forest of Dean, hopefully on my next visit
'I will' see a Goshawk! They are there somewhere, apparently. : )


  1. Good to read your latest report Pam, shame that the Goshawks didn't oblige you with a sighting, one day you will see one I'm sure!
    I too have never seen so many Mandarins together, what a pretty sight they make, the colours of the males are just stunning aren't they!
    Spring is on it's way, we have frog spawn in the pond and a lot of activity today too!

    1. Thank you for your kind comments, Ruth!

      The male Mandarins are stunning and I reckon the females have a lot going for them plumage wise too! Lovely ducks.

      Good to hear you have frog activity. lol
      Spring, bring it on!:-)

  2. Saw the boars on countryfile - very messy!

    That mandarin is stunning!

    1. The boars are messy, I shouldn't say it but there piglets look cute! I am sure I caught sight of one under a streetlight as it crossed a road.