Black-tailed Godwit

Black-tailed Godwit

7 April 2022

We sometimes get some very unusual birds visiting the Park. Often they are just passing through on their way to somewhere else and see the valley with its flood meadows as a suitable stopping off place. Usually they only stop for a few hours or days at the most.

David Rogers, a local birdwatcher, spotted this Black-tailed Godwit and, although there was a very strong wind, I managed to get some photographs of it later in the day.

The Black-tailed Godwit is a wader with very long legs and bill. They use their very long bill to probe the mud for insects, worms and snails.

They are mainly a winter visitor, although a few stay in the UK all year to breed, but not near here.

Footpaths - 1 May

The water level is dropping so most paths are easily passable although some are still very muddy.

Report overgrown rights of way to East Sussex and other paths to the Friends of Combe Valley.

Latest News


December 2023 saw a group of Waxwings visiting the Park to sample the berries. Several hundred visit Britain each winter.

New on this website

August 2023 - a set of new pages describing some of the more common flowering plants has been added to the "Wildlife" section of the site.