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Hunting Harry Hawk on the Hawkridge 10 miles, 16 km (Hills, can be very muddy)

Ordnance Survey Map Explorer OL 9

I'd been meaning to do this walk all winter. I'd planned my route and knew that this was my best chance of seeing Hen Harriers locally. The trouble was two fold, getting the right weather conditions and being awake in time to catch the bus.

The southern edge of Exmoor is a SSE facing ridge. It rises an extra 100m above the rolling hills of mid Devon. When the winds are from the south they provide a morning lift for the buzzards and other birds of prey. At 7am in Ilfracombe there was a cold mizzle about but it was forecast to clear into a bright sunny day.

To get to Dulverton from Ilfracombe I had to get two buses. The First was the 30 Combe Martin Barnstaple Service which I caught at 7.20am this took me into Barnstaple at xx.xx. Then I got the 307 Barnstaple - Taunton service

(a) The bus from Barnstaple drops you off in the centre of Dulverton Village. The visitor centre wasn't open yet, it didn't open until 10am. After stocking up on essentials such as pasties, I headed off west across the bridge.

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My Dulverton List
  1. Canada Goose
  2. Mallard
  3. Hen Harrier
  4. Buzzard
  5. Peregrine
  6. Pheasant
  7. Herring Gull
  8. Woodpigeon
  9. Collared Dove
  10. Meadow Pipit
  11. Pied Wagtail
  12. Grey Wagtail
  13. Wren
  14. Robin
  15. Fieldfare
  16. Blackbird
  17. Goldcrest
  18. Great Tit
  19. Coal Tit
  20. Blue Tit
  21. Treecreeper
  22. Magpie
  23. Jackdaw
  24. Rook
  25. Carrion Crow
  26. Raven
  27. Starling
  28. House Sparrow
  29. Chaffinch
  30. Linnet
Possibles (?) and...
Very dubious possibles (??)
  1. Kestrel?
  2. Skylark??
Other animals...
  1. Rabbit
  2. Grey Squirrel
  3. Domestic Horse
    Exmoor Ponies
  4. Domestic Cattle
  5. Domestic Sheep
  6. Red Deer
Created 19/4/04
Last Modified 2/2/05