Habitat: Mixture of woodland, scrub and open hill
A neglected area from the birdwatching point of view but very popular with dog walkers. Although popular, it still is a good area for birds and possibly one of the best in Somerset for Tree Pipits, although they have declined slightly in recent years. From the car park follow the main path: although is generally the least interesting section, Blackcaps, Garden and Willow Warblers are regular in spring.
After about 300m a path goes off to the south and then to the west along the top edge of Buncombe Wood and this gives a reasonable chance of catching up with some of the woodland species including Pied Flycatcher but they are not annual here. If you follow this path you can return to the hill after about 0.75km at ST193323. It should be noted that this path is used by horse riders and can be very muddy after rain.
If you don’t take this path, continue on the main track until you reach a gate which takes you onto the open hill area. From here it is probably wise to skirt the edge of the hill on a circuit as this gives the best chance for species such as Redstart. The area has a scattering of hawthorns and scrub and this attracts singing Tree Pipits, Whitethroats, Willow Warblers and Yellowhammers. These in turn attract Cuckoos which are regular in the early mornings before the area gets too busy. Stonechats, Linnets and Meadow Pipits are also to be found. Kestrel and Buzzard are common. Return the same way that you came.
Car park (free) at Seven Milestone off the Bishops Lydeard to Bridgwater Road.
Open access. The first section is along a stoned path suitable for wheelchair access. This then becomes either stone or grass tracks. Section through woodland can be muddy, but can be by-passed.
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