Beacon Hill Wood
Beacon Hill has been a settlement for thousands of years. Evidence of an Iron Age camp can be seen in the ground surrounding the cottages. Beacon Hill Wood is a prominent local feature and the hill and the woodland can be viewed for miles around. It is only 200 yards from the cottages to the entrance to the wood. We have a range of childrens facilities and activities including the Harry Potter Trail, which runs through the wood and has given much pleasure to children of all ages over the years.
We are very lucky to have 40 acres of private woodland on our doorstep and we have recently planted 900 new hardwood trees to ensure its continuing survival.
The local ornithological club have put up a lot of nest boxes in the wood, and you will often see bird watchers in the avenue as it is one of the best places to enjoy bird watching. Almost 90 bird species have been recorded at Beacon Hill. In addition, you will see red squirrels and badgers if you are lucky. Roe deer are also regular visitors.
The Birds of Beacon Hill
Blackbird, Blackcap, Black Headed Gull, Blue Tit, Bullfinch, Buzzard, Canada Goose,Carrion Crow, Chaffinch ,Chiff-chaff, Coal Tit, Collared Dove, Common Gull, Common Snipe, Cormorant, Curl Bunting, Curlew, Dunnock, Fieldfare, Garden Warbler, Goldcrest, Goldfinch, Great Black Backed Gull, Great Grey Shrike, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit, Greenfinch, Green Woodpecker, Grey Partridge, Heron, Herring Gull, House Martin, Jackdaw, Jay, Kestrel, Lapwing, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Lesser Whitethroat, Linnet, Long-tailed Tit, Magpie, Meadow Pipit, Mistle Thrush, Mute Swan, Nuthatch, Osprey, Oystercatcher, Pheasant, Pied Flycatcher, Pied Wagtail, Red-legged Partridge, Redstart, Redwing, Reed Bunting, Robin, Rook, Sandmartin, Shelduck, Skylark, Snow bunting, Song Thrush, Sparrow, Sparrowhawk, Spotted Flycatcher, Starling, Stock Dove, Swallow, Swift, Tawny Owl, Tree Creeper, Tree Pipit, Waterhen, Whinchat, Whitethroat, Willow Tit, Willow Warbler, Woodcock, Wood Pigeon, Wood Warbler, Wren, Yellowhammer.
This list was prepared by local birdwatchers, who have watched birds in Beacon Hill Wood for 20 years. Every year, we manage to add one or two birds as guests add to the list.