Cholsey

There are three good birding spots near Cholsey village, Cholsey Hill, Cholsey Marsh and Lollingdon Hill. For an approximate location map, click here.

Text contributed by Dave Dunford and Paul Chandler

Cholsey Hill

This outlier of the Downs used to be known as a raptor watchpoint, although nowadays a lot of patience is required. There are extensive views in all directions. Cholsey Hill is a low hill but along with Lollingdon hill they are the highest points in the parish

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An unfenced minor road from Aston Upthorpe to Cholsey village leads over the hill; there is a public footpath leading away to the north, but it is seldom necessary to leave the road.

From Cholsey village: (just off the A329 between Wallingford and Streatley) follow Church Road past the church. Cholsey Hill is a low hill, usually covered by crops. One or two rough pull-ins are available for parking.

Alternatively, follow minor roads from Didcot via Aston Upthorpe.

Cholsey station (1 mile) is served by local services between Didcot and Reading.

Corn Bunting and Skylark are resident in small numbers and in good years Quail can be heard. As with Lollingdon hill a variety of raptors have been seen that include several Harrier species, Osprey, Red Kite and Common Buzzard.

Cholsey Marsh

A 34 acre site leased by BBOWT, consisting of riverside marsh, swamp, coarse grassland, willow scrub, sedge and reeds.

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The marsh is a major winter roost site for Corn Bunting with up to 400 roosting; recent rarities have included Great Grey Shrike, Cettiā€™s Warbler and Bittern. There are several species of dragonfly and damselflies in summer.

Cholsey Hill, Dorchester, Churn.

Lollingdon Hill

Lollingdon Hill comes in to its own at migration periods as Wheatear are frequent and Redstart, Whinchat and Stonechat are regular and the occasional scarcity may turn up (Ring Ouzel, Great Grey Shrike, raptors including Osprey).