Start and ﬁnish: Main Street, Birgham village Distance: 3km/ 2 miles Time: 1 hour Terrain: Grass, woodland paths and farm tracks
1. The track down to the haugh may be reached by following the sign for the cemetery which is clearly signposted from the public road, towards the east end of the village.
2. Follow this track down past the cemetery and towards the river. When this track emerges into a ﬁeld turn right and follow the riverbank heading upstream. The river and haughs provide an excellent habitat for a good variety of bird life. In summer, Sand Martin, Yellow Wagtail, Redshank, Lapwing and Common Sandpiper can all be found and Osprey are often seen ﬁshing along this section of the river. In winter, Whooper Swan and Greylag Geese regularly feed in the ﬁelds.
3. Continue upstream until the path climbs onto a gorse covered raised bank which provides a good vantage point for looking out across the river and a home to birds such as Linnet and Reed Bunting.
4. Continue upstream until you approach a woodland strip. At this point proceed through the gate, turn immediately right and through another gate into the trees. The paths winds its way through the woodland strip and comes out onto another farm track.
5. Continue on this track as it climbs steadily back to the village. Turning right at the main road will take you back to the cemetery and the start point.