RSPB Fowlmere

PUBLISHED: 23:17 19 September 2016 | UPDATED: 00:03 25 September 2016

Turtle dove on a log. Picture by Leopardinatree.

Turtle dove on a log. Picture by Leopardinatree.

Leopardinatree

Reedbeds, pools, woodland and a clear chalk stream.

RSPB Fowlmere

Address: Mill Road, Fowlmere, Royston SG8 7SH

Opening hours: Open at all times

Entry prices: Free to members; donations requested from non-members

Parking: Free car park

Toilets: Portable toilet

Refreshments: None

Hides: Three

Accessibility: Nature trail is partly wheelchair and pushchair accessible

Dogs: Some access - contact fowlmere@rspb.org.uk or call 01767 693098 for details.

One of the best places in the country to see and hear the rare and sadly declining turtle dove, RSPB Fowlmere consists of reedbeds, pools and woodland. An incredibly clear natural chalk stream runs through the reserve, in which you can often spot brown trout.

Kingfishers, water rails, and nine species of warblers, including sedge, reed and grasshopper warblers can be seen and heard, while starlings, thrushes and buntings, including corn buntings, roost on the reserve in the winter.

Birds of prey can include marsh harriers and kestrels, while barn owls have been using a nestbox on the site. Turtle doves can be heard and seen in the spring.

Featuring three hides, including one large hide on stilts overlooking the largest pool and reedbed, the nature trail is partly wheelchair and pushchair accessible. A picnic area is situated near to the car park. Note that work parties are held almost every Thursday, but they aim to keep disruption to a minimum.

For more information visit the RSPB Fenmere website.

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