Epsom Downs

From Londonbirders

Epsom Downs is a large open space south of Epsom that is dominated by the world famous race course. Surrounding this is a mixture of golf course, paddocks, farmland and woodland. There are a number of public car parks that are all free (when there is no racing taking place) and numerous footpaths that allow the area to be explored easily. The area is most productive during spring and autumn (particularly the latter) when visible migration is often notable, mostly pipits and hirundines. Wheatears, Whinchats and a good cross section of warblers are to be expected from August onwards. Caught up with these commoner species it is possible to turn up the odd good bird: recently Honey Buzzard, Red Kite, Pied Flycatcher and Great Grey Shrike have been recorded.

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