Suggested Birdwatching Walks around Harwood

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Wintering hen harrier

Wintering hen harrier

It isn't necessary to walk / drive miles into Harwood forest as Crossbill (in good cone years) etc should be visible in the areas of tall coniferous woods near Harwood village. Harwood is a working forest so it is wise to keep clear of any felling activity. That said, Darden Lough is an interesting area that can be reached by car and although the track can be very rough in places, the lough area is one of the most reliable areas for wintering hen harrier from the Scottish populations. Driving to the very top of harwood reveals an area of open heather moorland and boulder outcrops.
*Note:- There are literally miles and miles of blanket forestry and it is very easy to get completely lost, so a good map / compass / satnav is essential.
This area is very undisturbed and normally has breeding peregrine, ring ouzel, red grouse and dunlin. It once was a good site for black grouse but the writer has not seen them for a long time (Any updates would be welcome). Keep to the tracks that cross towards Simonside to avoid disturbing breeding birds.

Harwood Forest Map

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