9th of February 2013.

Forest of Dean.

Species seen 20.

A weekend away in Gloucestershire began with a drive through the Forest of Dean stopping off at the Heritage Centre.  

Our walk started outside the Centre where the pool had both Mandarin and Mallard ducks looking to the visitors for food.  After watching the stunning Mandarins we took to the Forest footpath to explore the area’s woodland and pools, first through Foundry wood then Abbots wood and back around the pools to the main road.

Upon reaching the highest forest point, I came across a sign asking that visitors do not feed the wild boars! Sadly no boar were seen.

Other birds seen were Pheasant, Moorhen, Black Headed Gull, Wood Pigeon, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Willow, Great and Blue Tit, Robin, Blackbird, Tree Creeper, Dunnock, Starling and a wintering Chiffchaff.

A most enjoyable walk and at the end we did finally see a wild boar; however, it was on the side of a local woodcarvers van! While chatting to said woodcarver, he told us stories of huge pigs up in the woods, so as visitors to the area we went along believing and enjoying his tales.

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