The Woodcote Conservation Group’s Bird Walks have been taking place four times each year ever since our very first outing on a snowy winter’s day in February 2009. Our aim is to record the species we see and/or hear in each of the four seasons along a route that traverses the three main local habitats: the village edge (Area ‘A’ on the map below and in the seasonal species lists), the Chiltern woodland (Area ‘B’), and the hedgerows and open fields of the escarpment below the village (Area ‘C’). Our walks begin outside the Catholic Church in South Stoke Road, and then proceed to the lower path through Dean Wood and out into the open countryside beyond Dean Farm. Our return route is similar, except that in the wood we take the upper path, which passes through a mature larch plantation rather than beneath the beech trees of the lower area. The walks normally take place on Saturday mornings, starting at 10:00, finishing about two hours later, and covering just over two miles in all. The number of species we record on a typical walk is in the mid-twenties, but the overall number through the year is greater than this given seasonal variations, and our overall species total stands at 69 (see table below).

The walks are open to all, including accompanied children. Birdwatching skills are not needed to join in: if you do have them, you’ll be very welcome to share them, and if not, just come along to learn and enjoy, and to discover more about our local countryside!

Stonechat (male) seen by Helen Walkington in November 2020, along the field boundary North of point ‘C’ (see map below). Stonechats are a very infrequent visitor to the Woodcote area – see Autumn Bird Walk 2020 for further details below.
Photo of the first participants on the WCG Bird Walk
Participants on the first WCG Bird Walk near Dean Wood Farmhouse
Near Dean Wood Farmhouse in more clement weather!

Bird Walk Route

Map showing the route of the WCG Bird Walk

Bird Walk Data

The 70 species recorded since Winter 2009 are shown below

1Mute Swan41Swallow
2Egyptian Goose42House Martin
4Red-legged Partridge44Willow Warbler
5Grey Partridge45Blackcap
8Grey Heron48Treecreeper
9Red Kite49Wren
14Black-headed Gull54Fieldfare
15Common Gull55Song Thrush
16Lesser Black-backed Gull56Mistle Thrush
17Herring Gull57Robin
18Greater Black-backed Gull58Dunnock
19Stock Dove59House Sparrow
20Woodpigeon60Pied Wagtail
21Collared Dove61Meadow Pipit
23Tawny Owl63Brambling
25Green Woodpecker65Goldfinch
26Greater Spotted Woodpecker66Linnet
27Jay67Mealy (Common) Redpoll
30Rook70Corn Bunting
31Carrion Crow
35Blue Tit
36Great Tit
37Coal Tit
38Marsh Tit
39Long-tailed Tit

The chart below shows the total species identified on each walk since Winter 2009

Summary of completed Bird Walks

Spring Walk 2024

Winter Walk 2024

Autumn Walk 2023

Summer Walk 2023

Spring Walk 2023

Winter Walk 2023

Autumn Walk 2022

Summer Walk 2022

Spring Walk 2022

Winter Walk 2022

Autumn Walk 2021

Summer Walk 2021

Spring Walk 2021

Winter Walk 2021

Autumn Walk 2020

Summer Walk 2020

Spring Walk 2020

Winter Walk 2020

Autumn Walk 2019

Summer Walk 2019

Spring Walk 2019

Winter Walk 2019

Autumn Walk 2018

Summer Walk 2018

Spring Walk 2018

Winter Walk 2018

Autumn Walk 2017

Summer Evening Walk 2017

Summer Walk 2017

Spring Walk 2017

Winter Walk 2017

Autumn Walk 2016

Summer Walk 2016

Spring Walk 2016

Winter Walk 2016

Autumn Walk 2015

Summer Walk 2015

Spring Walk 2015

Winter Walk 2015

Autumn Walk 2014

Summer Walk 2014

Spring Walk 2014

Winter Walk 2014

Autumn Walk 2013

Summer Walk 2013

Spring Walk 2013

Winter Walk 2013

Autumn Walk 2012

Summer Walk 2012

Spring Walk 2012

Winter Walk 2012

Autumn Walk 2011

Summer Walk 2011

Spring Walk 2011

Winter Walk 2011

Autumn Walk 2010

Summer Walk 2010

Spring Walk 2010

Winter Walk 2010

Autumn Walk 2009

Summer Walk 2009

Spring Walk 2009

Winter Walk 2009

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