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Explore Raptor Viewpoint
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 4/5)

A small car park and easy access path lead to the Raptor Viewpoint which gives fine views over Troutsdale for birdwatching.

The site is located high above a valley in an area that is regularly used by passing birds of prey.

There are seats at the site. A 'log' of sightings is maintained in a box on the end of one of the seats.

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Had a fantastic goshawk encounter while cycling the Dalby Forest red trail about 2km below the top car park. Crested a small rise on the track and startled a goshawk on a fresh wood pigeon kill, right in the middle of the trail. Don't know who was more surprised, me or the hawk, which quickly flew away into the forest. Hope it went back for a meal afterwards.

Mike Foley, 3/Sep/2017

Great to hear your experience, thanks!

Forestry Commission Response

Visited early morning 15/07/2017 - could not see the sightings 'log' - is this still meant to be on the end of one of the seats? I think I was too early for any raptors but a couple of crossbills flew past. I'm sure I will visit again when next in this part of the UK.

Michael, 17/Jul/2017

Thank you for your comments. We are unsure about the location of the log but we will look into this.

Forestry Commission Response

If we were to visit at the end of June - what time would you recommend for the best chance to see Birds of prey? Obviously - there are no guarantees!

Richard Hollis, 14/Jun/2017

Thanks for the comment Richard. Unfortunately with wildlife watching there is no specific time that we can advise. Patients is required and weather can affect the birds patterns on a daily basis. Good luck and hope you have good sightings!

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Last updated: 17th November 2017

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