By Woofpack, Jul 7 2014 08:24AM
The incredible weather is open invitation to all kinds of newcomers to the Ashdown Forest. Here’s always plenty to see and hear whether it’s the Skylarks, Stonechats or Buzzards soaring on the thermals. Walking with Ted you more often than not hear rather than see the birds, especially he Buzzards who from their distinctive cries seem to be revelling in this warm weather.
This year is special – we’ve had a visit from a young Short-Toed Eagle who usually makes it as far as halfway up France or occasionally visits Germany. They’re after reptiles in the main so the Forest’s population of Adders should watch themselves! The fact that this is the bird’s third recorded visit to the UK has brought out the bird watchers in numbers even during the week.
We had trouble finding a spot for the truck up at Gill’s Lap such were the crowds. Ted the Welsh Collie could not have been less bothered as he is more interested in things closer to the ground. Plenty to do and see whilst the watchers scanned the skies over the 100 Acre Wood, the North Pole and Eeyore’s Sad & Gloomy Place - perhaps better known as Wren’s Warren. Gill’s Lap had a plenty to look at with lots of interesting people with dogs to meet plus the views to the North Downs were fantastic.
As far as the Ashdown Forest Conservators know, the Eagle is still here. The speculation is that it’s travelling between here and the New Forest where there’s also an ample supply of reptiles to feast on. Probably an easier life here (and its warm enough) rather than back where it’s normally found Africa.