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1986 Animals & Birds on the Chase

    The heathland and forest areas are 
a haven for many insects, animals and  
birds.                                 
    Visitors to the area are most      
likely to see fallow deer, rabbits or  
grey squirrels, and each season offers 
its own specialities.                  
    In spring listen for the songs of  
birds and the distinctive tap-tapping  
of woodpeckers.                        
    On summer days listen to the songs 
of grasshoppers and look for the chewed
remains of pine cones left by          
squirrels.                             
    In autumn the fallow deer bucks can
be heard "groaning" to attract the does
for the rut.                           
    In winter flocks of fieldfare and  
redwing can be seen hunting for        
berries.                               
                                       
                                       
 

Map of the area

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