A view over Willen Lake, one of the best birdwatching spots in the area

It is indisputable that the building of the City of Milton Keynes over the past 20 or so years has had a major impact on the bird life of Buckinghamshire. Fortunately this impact has been chiefly a positive one, for two reasons:

  • Several important birdwatching sites have been added to the Buckinghamshire scene. What was once farmland now contains lakes and other bird reserves, which are attracting many species which were absent or very scarce in the county.
  • The area now has a growing population of keen birdwatchers, so most sites are regularly covered.

It is for this reason that I have created pages describing a few of my favourite birdwatching walks around Milton Keynes, and hope that they will encourage others to get out and see what birds are out there! All the walks are close to the city, easy to follow and (with the exception of Linford and Calvert)  are entirely on public footpaths.

Willen Lake
Brickhill Woods
Caldecotte Lake
Linford Reserve
Salcey Forest
Calvert Jubilee

I have also added a short guide to finding scarce birds around Milton Keynes, such as Nightingale and Lady Amherst's Pheasant. None of the information reveals details of rare nesting birds which is not readily available in the Bucks Bird Report or BBONT wildlife guide, but birdwatchers should be careful about visiting these sites during the breeding season and should never disturb ANY nests.

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