Godalming area birds

Godalming area birds

Local sites

Site name. Species. Near

Court Farm and Hydon's Ball- Court Farm is part of a fine stretch of arable farmland that attracts good numbers of finches and buntings in the winter, with Stonechat joining on occasion. Skylarks breed, Wheatear visit on passage and both Hen Harrier and Merlin have been recorded. Hydon's Ball is a sandy hill, Crossbills and Woodlarks occasionally present. Woodcock and Wood Warbler can be found on occasion, though the latter not for some years now. Hambledon.

Cutt Mill - 2 ponds next to Puttenham Common. The Tarn owned by Farnham Angling Society and the House Pond private (though viewable from a north track) are a regular site for Goosander in winter. The surrounding woodland can hold Firecrest, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker and Marsh Tit. A Red-necked Grebe took up residence for a week in November 2010. Puttenham.

Enton Lakes, Marsh Farm and Tuesley Farm - These fishing lakes are sadly private or permit only, the latter being a Godalming Angling Society site. The typical wetland birds reside on the waters, with Common Sandpipers regular on passage. Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers bred until recently. Scarcities have included Green-winged Teal (5th Surrey record) and Slavonian Grebe. Tuesley Farm used to hold a regular flock of Golden Plovers, as well as other waders and the odd Merlin, but is now heavily cultivated. A small reservoir here has, remarkably, turned up Arctic Skua and Sanderling in recent years. Milford.

Godalming to Shalford water meadows - The Lammas Lands in Godalming up to the meadows at Shalford hold some good birds, but the best are to the north, where there is much less disturbance. Snipe, Barn Owls and Little Egrets are present in the winter. The Tannachie stretch has turned up some nice birds including Grasshopper Warbler and Yellow Wagtail, and it's the best place in the site for Water Rail. Shalford can hold a good number of migrants, including a Garganey pair in 2017. Catteshall.

Loseley Farmland - The farmland from Loseley to Compton has held Grey Partridge and a Red-backed Shrike in not so distant years gone by. Red Kites, Lapwings and some Yellowhammer are normally around, though this area is no doubt under watched. Compton.

Milford and Witley Commons and Mare Hill - Witley Common is good for Tree Pipits, with some Dartford Warblers too, and Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers elusive residents. Nightingales used to be regular at Milford Common but this is sadly no longer the case. Mare Hill offers a nice vantage to the south, and Turtle Dove have sung here in recent years. Witley.

Thursley Common - A beautiful heathland, with a fantastic list of breeding birds and migrants to it's name. Dartford Warblers and Woodlark are largely resident, along with the conspicuous Stonechats. In the winter visits from a Hen Harrier, Great Grey Shrikes or Merlin is not uncommon, though it's summer when Thursley is at it's best. Redstarts, Tree Pipits, Spotted Flycatchers and Curlews all breed, with Hobby's present from May-September. Pudmore is good for migrant waders. Elstead.

Tugley Wood - Another beautiful area, part of the Chiddingfold wood complex, famed for it's butterflies. Raptors nest in the secluded parts of the forest with Turtle Dove and Hawfinch among the breeders in recent years, but perhaps the most popular bird is the Nightingales, with up to 10 normally singing in the summer. Another former stronghold for Willow Tit. Chiddingfold.

Unstead Sewage Farm - A site with one of the best list of birds in the county, particularly given it's small size. Sadly it's now in need of serious habitat management, with the former scrapes and flood meadows overgrown and dried out. However, with some work it's former glory can no doubt be restored. Jack Snipe and Water Pipit were regular winter visitors, with Common Terns and Teal breeding. The list of migrants and rarities is outstanding - Sabine's Gull, Purple Heron, Icterine Warbler and Short-toed Eagle to name a few. Peasmarsh.