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LOCATION & ACCESS
Sunny Hill Park (TQ 227900), located in the suburbs of north London and 13km from the city centre, lies at the junction of the Great North Way and the Watford Way, near the start of the M1 motorway. This small area is not really a place to come birding considering the nearby attractions of better sites such as Brent Reservoir (2.5 km to the southwest) or Hampstead Heath (5 km to the southeast). However, it is a site that I pass through regularly to and from work. Watching this patch of green is more an experiment to see what might turn up in an unlikely location. The situation affords good views over the Wembley, Harrow and Edgeware areas of the metropolis and offers a possible vantage point for observing visible migration of birds. Nearest tube station is Hendon Central, about 15 minutes walk to the south.

HABITAT
At around 900 metres long and 400 metres at its widest, the park is largely composed of grassland roughly divided in two in terms of management. One half is regularly mown recreational grassland, the other half being left to nature for most of the year. Best area for butterflies is the scrubby grassland by the Great North Way. With no woodland to speak of, trees are mainly restricted to lining the paths in avenues with a small cluster around St. Mary's Churchyard and Church Farm House Museum. The lack of water further reduces this sites attractiveness for birds although there is tiny, shaded and muddy pond.

 

SPECIES CALENDAR
Breeding: Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blackcap, Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit and Jay among the commoner species. 
Passage: Hobby, common warblers, thrushes, hirundines, Meadow Pipits, Swifts and Wood Pigeons.

Winter: Coal Tit, Siskin, Nuthatch, Common Gull.

 

BUTTERFLIES
Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Large Skipper, Brimstone, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange Tip, Purple Hairstreak, Small Copper, Common Blue, Holly Blue, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Comma, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper, and Meadow Brown.

DRAGONFLIES
Migrant Hawker & Southern Hawker.

 

MAP


 Sunny Hill Park map  Fraser Simpson

 

SPECIES LIST


    01

    Grey Heron

    02

    Mute Swan

    03

    Canada Goose

    04

    Mallard

    05

    Sparrowhawk

    06

    Kestrel

    07

    Hobby

    08

    Black-headed Gull

    09

    Common Gull

    10

    Lesser Black-backed Gull

    11

    Herring Gull

    12

    Common Tern

    13

    Little Owl

    14

    Feral Pigeon

    15

    Stock Dove

    16

    Wood Pigeon

    17

    Collared Dove

    18

    Ring-necked Parakeet

    19

    Swift

    20

    Green Woodpecker

    21

    Great Spotted Woodpecker

    22

    Skylark

    23

    Sand Martin

    24

    Swallow

    25

    House Martin

    26

    Meadow Pipit

    27

    Yellow Wagtail

    28

    Grey Wagtail

    29

    Pied Wagtail

    30

    Wren

    31

    Dunnock

    32

    Robin

    33

    Wheatear

    34

    Blackbird

    35

    Fieldfare

    36

    Song Thrush

    37

    Redwing

    38

    Mistle Thrush

    39

    Whitethroat

    40

    Garden Warbler

    41

    Blackcap

    42

    Chiffchaff

    43

    Goldcrest

    44

    Firecrest

    45

    Long-tailed Tit

    46

    Coal Tit

    47

    Blue Tit

    48

    Great Tit

    49

    Nuthatch

    50

    Jay

    51

    Magpie

    52

    Jackdaw

    53

    Carrion Crow

    54

    Starling

    55

    House Sparrow

    56

    Chaffinch

    57

    Brambling

    58

    Greenfinch

    59

    Goldfinch

    60

    Siskin

    61

    Linnet

    62

    Lesser Redpoll

    63

    Bullfinch

     

     

     

     


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