Park in Warsash (there are two car parks off Shore Road/Passage Lane west of the Clocktower roundabout) and follow the footpath north up the east bank of the River Hamble, good for waders and wildfowl between autumn and spring and on occasion can hold good numbers of Golden Plover. Rock Pipits and a photogenic Kingfisher should be found en route to the high tide roost (a Greenshank hot-spot) at the “wreck” a km or so from the Pink Ferry crossing point (A Black-throated Diver was located here in December 2013.)
Alternative access is by way of a wooded walk through Holly Hill Woodland Park and Wendleholme NR, following signs to the Hamble River. Firecrest is likely to be encountered in the woodland in winter with Marsh Tit also possible here. Parking for Holly Hill is accessed from Barnes Lane south of Sarisbury Green.
Words by Bob Marchant