A short drive from me is an 80 acre parkland, comprising of a lake,
ancient woodland, conifer plantations, meadows and heath.
It's in Bedfordshire, and sits between Heath and Reach, Leighton Buzzard, and the A5, and was opened to the public in 1972. It’s managed by The Greensand Trust, who do a magnificent job, and is a popular place for dog walkers, joggers and people who just want to enjoy some countryside.
Stockgrove Country Park, to give it its full name, has a café, toilets and visitor information centre.
And it has birds.
A place where you can almost guarantee to see Marsh Tits, up close.
A small bridge over one end of the lake, is a magnet for small woodland birds, largely because so many people leave seed there for them, all year round.
I can’t think of many places where you can get within six feet of a Nuthatch,
a Coal Tit, or a Blue Tit.
And the other big draw, along with the more familiar Mallard and Moorhen,
is a good population of Mandarin Ducks.
Short video of some of the birds
A place that is always worth a visit.
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