Waxwings visit the valley

16 May 2023

Every year several hundred Waxwings, which breed in northern Europe, fly to Britain to spend the winter months here. This year a group of Waxwings decided to spend Christmas in the Combe Valley Countryside Park, feeding on the berries. Bigger than a robin but smaller than a blackbird, they do have very distinctive markings.

Waxwing group

Word soon got around so they were quickly joined by an even larger group of bird-watchers. These excellent photographs were taken by local bird photographer, Peter Nest.

Footpaths - 1 July

Most paths are now very dry although the warm, wet weather has encouraged lots of growth leading to some paths being a bit overgrown.

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

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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.