Grindleford – Dore

Today I had a great walk from Grindleford to Dore, taking in some hotspots for some local specialities. We started at Padley Gorge, where pied flycatcher and redstart were the targets, and both were found with little fuss. From there we followed Burbage Brook through Lawrence Field, where whinchat was a surprisingly easy find, and from there to Burbage Valley, where ring ouzel were the target. These took a bit of finding but were eventually seen, and other highlights included more whinchats, several stonechats, a wheatear, and a little owl.

We then walked across the moors, and down Houndkirk Road, where the birds were few and far between, but green hairstreaks kept us entertained. We went down the Limb Valley – where whitethroat and another redstart were heard – and down to Whirlow Park, where a well-earned cuppa was drank! Then it was down Ecclesall Wood and a quick look at Tyzack’s Dam and Ladies’ Spring Wood, and the local mandarin population, before getting the train back to Sheffield from Dore station.

Some pics…

Pied Flycatcher
Pied Flycatcher Whinchat
Whinchat Burbage Valley
Burbage Valley Meadow Pipit
Meadow Pipit Green Hairstreak
Green Hairstreak Mandarin


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