CORNWALL BIRDS

CAMEL ESTUARY

The River Camel rises on Bodmin Moor above Camelford, it then makes its way towards Bodmin and then turns sharp right and heads for the north Cornish coast, before issuing into the sea between Pentire and Stepper Points.

 

River Camel

 

The area between Bodmin and Wadebridge runs through extensive woodland where all three species of woodpecker as well as common woodland species can be seen. Dippers and Kingfishers are common here, as well as Heron, Woodcock and Water Rail. Rarities have included Belted Kingfisher.

 

Clapper Marshes

 

Just before Wadebridge at Egloshayle, a newly created wetland is situated at the confluence with the River Allen. This site although only two years old holds good number of Wigeon, Teal and Canada Geese, as well as Little Egret and other wetland species. rarities have included Lesser Yellowlegs in 2004.

This area and the habitats around Sladesbridge are worth spending a few hours in, with species such as all three woodpeckers, wintering and breeding warblers, common woodland species and rarities such as Pallas's Warbler and Night Heron make for an enjoyable afternoon.

 

Main Estuary

 

The Camel Estuary is a medium size estuary issuing on the Cornish north coast just north of Padstow, with myriad of microhabitats, a diverse selection of species can be found. The best way to see this estuary is walk, (or cycle), the Camel Trail, were all the common wading birds can be seen, in season.

The estuary hold national important numbers of Greenshank and Golden Plover, together with large numbers of Grey Plover, Curlew and Oystercatchers. Rarities include Glossy Ibis, Collared Pratincole, Long-billed Dowitcher and Pectoral Sandpiper.

The sandbars off Padstow hold a locally important gull roost were up to 20,000 Black-headed Gull have been noted. The area is also noted for its numbers of Mediterranean Gulls where over 50 birds have been observed.

 

The Camel Trail can be alive with passerines, warblers such as Whitethroat and, the locally scarce, Lesser Whitethroat both breed. Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Firecrest have all been noted wintering in the 'warm' cuttings and protective scrub. Woodland species abound at the old railway cuttings were Treecreeper, Jays and Spotted Flycatchers can all be found.

In late autumn and winter the hedgerows can be alive with thrushes, Redwing, Fieldfare, Blackbirds and Song Thrushes. all devouring the berries which adorn every bush.

 

Amble Marshes

 

This river valley, which contains the C.B.W.P.S. reserve of Walmsley Sanctuary, runs from the dam at Burniere Point to Chapel Amble. Once a main wintering site for White-fronted Geese, now a haven for breeding and wintering wetland species.