Timble Ings and Washburn Valley

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Washburn Valley

Washburn Valley

North of Otley between Wharfedale and Nidderdale, the Washburn Valley encompasses several habitats including pasture land, coniferous and deciduous woodland, reservoirs, rivers and streams, marshland and moorlands. There are a number of key sites which are worth visiting:-
Timble ings
Predominately coniferous but with wide rides and open spaces with wetland features, resident birds include Bullfinch, Woodcock and Redpoll. Following clearance work currently underway, it is hoped that nightjar will become a more common sighting, although small numbers are recorded here at present. You may be lucky enough to spot Hen Harrier or Red Kite on the moors adjacent to the wood as the latter is now common in the Otley / Ikley areas.

Lindley Wood, Swinsty, Fewston, Thruscross and John O' Gaunt's Reservoirs.
Each reservoir contains different habitats supporting a broad range of species. Wildfowl, including Tufted Duck, Pochard, Teal and more unusual species such as Shoveler, Pintail, are present during the winterGadwall and Garganey are present during the Spring. Jay, Treecreeper, Goldcrest and many other species breed in woodland areas surrounding the reservoir and waders such as Common Sandpiper, Lapwing, Curlew and Redshank frequent on the water margins.
Denton Moor.
Lapwing, Snipe and Curlew are common during spring and summer, as are Red Grouse, Meadow Pipits, Skylark and Kestrel. More unusual sightings have included Buzzard, whose population in the AONB is growing, and Short Eeared Owl

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A Guide to the Birds of the washburn Valley

A Guide to the Birds of the washburn Valley

The washburn Valley is a lesser-known Dale, north of otley, within the Nidderdale area of Outstanding natural beauty.It is also a haven for birdlife with nearly 200 species seen in the valley over the last decade or more.
Peter Riley has been walking in the valley for many years. Although ornithology is his main interest he has grown to love the particular beauty and intamacy of the landscape which is very different to that of its larger Dales' neighbours. This book is therefore a celebration of both the Washburn and its birdlife.

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