West Park Nature Reserve Walk

Uckfield Local Nature Reserve Supporters Group enjoyed a guided walk on Sunday morning. (15th April)

Chairman David Hall and Wendy Tagg guided the walkers around the reserve spotting birds, flora and other interesting objects on the way.

There were many signs of spring with green shoots appearing and the sound of many breads of bird song filled the air.

David Hall said:

‘For those who like lists, we ticked off – Chaffinch, Song Thrush, Blackbird, Crow, Woodpigeon, Herring Gull, House Sparrow, Great TIt, Blue Tit, Starling, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Magpie, Nuthatch, Goldfinch, Dunnock, Chiff Chaff, Wren, Blackcap and Jackdaw. Hopefully do another walk soon – there should be more bugs and butterflies around as well by then!’

The very large tree in the reserve was measured and found to have a circumference of 16ft and 6ins.  It was estimated to be around 291 years old and has stood since 1715, the reign of George 1 around the time of the Jacobite rebellion in Scotland.

The Uckfield Town Council Ranger Geoff Pollard was also on the walk and spoke to Uckfield FM’s Charlotte Brown about what was going on in the reserve:

Part of a old Hornet’s Nest
Wendy Tagg chatting to Ranger Geoff Pollard.

All images by Mike Skinner (Uckfield FM)

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