Wildlife Day - Ashdown Forest


To be confirmed


Laurie Jackson

Group size

Maximum 6

Deep in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Ashdown Forest expands over 2,500 hectares of heathland and woodland perched on a sandstone ridge. Ashdown is recognised as internationally important both for its bird populations and its heathland habitat, which includes both dry heath and wetter ‘Northern Atlantic’ heath with valley bogs, home to interesting communities of plants and insects. As autumn settles in we will explore some of the many trails, taking in the High Weald’s fine landscapes as we search for the birds of the season. In the tree tops Crossbills may join Siskins and Lesser Repoll, and we will listen out for roving flocks of Fieldfare and Redwing, along with the possibility of a southbound Ring Ouzel. Woodlark, Stonechat and Dartford Warbler can all be spotted in the open heathland and the Forest is a frequent haunt of wintering Great Grey Shrikes.