Monday, 2 September 2013

Devil's Spittleful NR

As the weather looked good and I felt like going for a walk in pastures new, I chose one of the Worcestershire Wildlife Trusts non birding sites, but supposedly very pretty sites at this time of year and we weren't disappointed! The only draw back was the journey  through Kidderminster, what a pain! We won't attempt that on a Saturday afternoon again.

Anyway enough moaning, once you get on the reserve at this time of year with the heather in full bloom it's a delight, with the added bonus of the Severn Valley Railway steaming by from time to time.

We did however see some birds and had a respectable list in the end:

Green Woodpecker (2), Great Spotted Woodpecker, Long tailed Tit (30), Blue Tit, Robin, Goldfinch, Willow Warbler, Raven, Crow, Woodpigeon, Magpie, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Swallow, House Martin, Black Headed Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Linnet and Jay.

The only bird photo I managed was a Buzzard everything else just wouldn't stay still!

We climbed to the top of the Devil's Spittleful a sandstone peak in the middle of the reserve, sat and had a coffee and took in the great views.

We then wandered around exploring for a while picking up some Butterflies and a rather large Fungi!
Small Tortoiseshell

Speckled Wood

We then chose a nice spot to sit and have a cuppa this time and just sit and enjoy, we did see this from there:
Yes the reserve backs on to West Midlands Safari Park!


  1. Some nice photos really is a great reserve (especially when the heather is out)

    1. Thanks Jason, yes it was our first visit and were really impressed. We intend to explore some more of the WWT reserves over the coming months. Although next on the list is Upton again. Planning an evening visit tomorrow just to see what comes in to roost!