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St Leonards on sea Boundary Walk

We recently bought a copy of the booklet " A Green walk along the Boundary of St Leonards on Sea " by David Clarke  [£2 from St Leonards Central,  11 Marine Court] , and decided to try the route today. This walk starts on the seafront at Warrior Square, heads west,then crosses the main road  to South Saxon Wetlands, through this to Combe Valley Country Park [most of the wetland is off to the left, but you get a good view of the rubbish tip restoration-and a more distant view of the Link Road scar], and on to Wishing Tree Reservoir. From here it carries on to Church Woods, and culminates at The Church in the Wood. From here you are directed to Tesco's , where there are bus stops, this worked for us even on a Sunday and we were carried back to Warrior Square.

This short [4 mile] walk took us 3 hours, counting up the bird  species list afterwards gave a very modest 32 species [Slow but Sure please note !], but I should think 50 would a reasonable  target to aim for. Today we recorded Bullfinch, Cettis Warbler, Nuthatch and Treecreeper.

An interesting walk for us:    we had not previously noticed some of  the  historical features along the Front, the quantity of litter along the path from South Saxons was disgraceful, the various wooded areas contained fine displays of Wild Garlic, Celandines, Anemones and a few early Bluebells. Insects were abundant in the sun-Bee Flies, various hoverflies and a couple of Orange Tips. The highlight for us was the churchyard of the Church in the Wood, new to us- we have been involved in asessing wildlife-friendly churchyards in the past-if only they were all like this.

Reader Comments (1)

Your knowledge of birds and plant life far exceeds mine and I am indebted to you and RX Wildlife for taking the time to walk the walk and write about what you found. Glad that you enjoyed the walk

August 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Clarke

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