• Sim Elliott

Whitehawk Hill. Morning Short Walk. Whitethroats, Blackcaps and a Kestrel. 19.05.22

9.05 I visited Bevendean Local Nature Reserve initially (taking the 7 and 48 buses), but because of the overnight storm, and the resulting very wet ground, there was almost no wildlife on view. Thus I walked up the steep steps that Bevendean Industrial Estate to Warren Road (opposite the top of Wilson Avenue, and walked on the path south of the race course to Whitehawk Hill, and through Craven Wood to home. Bakers Bottom (where I live) to Bevendean by bus is two buses and a trip out to the Lewes Road; but Bakers Bottom (Queens Park) and Bevendean are geographically close, but only using footpaths reveals that. The nature of Brighton's geography, downs, and dry valleys (often with names ending dean or coombe, fanning out from the centre of the city has meant that some closes close to each other are separated by a down that is not traversed by a road. I returned home at 10.45


A Rabbit and butter cup in the field to the south of the Bevendean steps.


Kestrel, flying over Racehill Allotments and Race Course - I often see a Kestrel here.


Dunnock by fence of Race Hill allotments


A Whitethroat in the scrub by the Race Course - one of many


A Whitethroat in the scrub of bramble and cow parsley above Craven Wood


A Blackcap in the trees of Craven Wood


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