The Friends run a fascinating series of two-hour bird-watching walks on the first Sunday of each month, except July to September (when breeding is over and leaf-cover makes bird spotting difficult), and January (when the walk switches to the second Sunday). Led by an experienced member of the local RSPB, the walks are FREE and begin at 10am from the Donnefield Avenue entrance to the Park. No need to book, just turn up and stay as long as you like! The pace is not too fast but comfortable shoes are a must and if you have binoculars, bring them with you.
There’s a wide variety of species to be seen in the Park, including a sizeable colony of Ring–necked Parakeets. These noisy and colourful imports from the Himalayan region of India have colonised areas of the park, particularly the Spinney and can now be seen throughout the Canons Park Estate.
Other birds seen regularly include: Sparrowhawk; Kestrel; several Gulls – including Common, Black-headed, Herring and Lesser Blackbacked; Siskin; three doves:- Stock, Wood Pigeon and Collared Dove; Great Spotted and Green Woodpeckers; Blackcap; Pied Wagtail; Goldcrest; Robin; Blackbird; Song and Mistle Thrush; Chiff-chaff; Redwing; Blue, Great, Coal and Long-tailed tits; Nuthatch; Crows; several Finches, plus a variety of less common visitors including the Common Buzzard and Waxwing.