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17 March 2009

Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis)

A large hawk, almost reaching buzzard size. When seen close to it has a fierce expression with bright red eyes and a distinctive white eyebrow. Its broad wings enable it to hunt at high speed, weaving in and out of trees, and its long legs and talons can catch its prey in flight. The female is substantially larger than the male. In late winter and spring it has a 'sky-dance' display

We saw the goshawk flying high and, at first, thought it might be a sparrowhawk but it was too large and one of our team is an experienced birdwatcher who was able to identify it.

Sitting 951ft above sea level on the Pan Tod viewpoint this depicts a crouched figure of a miner with a topograph sitting on his back.

The beacon on Pan Tod is lit for memorable days such as the millenium day.



Pan Tod, Ruardean Hill

Grid Ref SO634170

Pan Tod is the highest point in the Forest of Dean and stands at 951 feet with stunning views to the north and west. We were asked by the local resident's association to tidy up some scattered sites where wild flowers and white heather used to grow and they would like to see these plants re-establish. We also cleared some more of the gorse on the crown of the hill. It was a glorious spring day and we were thrilled to see a Goshawk and two Buzzards flying overhead.




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