Did you take part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch in the Quinta Lovell Arboretum behind the pub on 28 and 29 January? Every year, the RSPB organise a huge national survey to see how our wildlife is faring. The Arboretum is a perfect place for spotting birds, and larger wildlife as well. If you were there, we’d love to see your photos of the day (share them on our Facebook page).
Last year, the participants counted a whopping eight million birds across the UK, with the ten most common being (in this order) house sparrow, starling, bluetit, blackbird, wood pigeon, goldfinch, chaffinch, great tit, robin, long-tailed tit. You can spot all of those species in the Arboretum most weekends, along with less common birds such as woodpeckers. You might also see grey squirrels, foxes and hares – and you’re almost bound to see rabbits, especially at dusk. The official event might be over, but why not take a trip out this weekend and visit the Arboretum? All you need is walking boots, warm clothing, a notebook and pen, binoculars and a camera. Children and dogs optional! Note down the species and number of birds that you see. If you’re not sure of the species, you can take a quick photo for later identification. It’s amazing how much you can see on just one outing.
When you’ve finished (or you just want to take a break), why not come and warm up with coffee or lunch at the Swettenham Arms? We welcome dogs into our stone-flagged bar area, and the log fires will be burning if it’s cold. Choose from a variety of winter warmers on our seasonal menu – booking is recommended at weekends.