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Newtonhill Forest
New Footpath From Wick to Newton Hill
18 January 2003

A new footpath from Wick up Newton Hill leading to the forest should make for a more pleasant stroll.  Work is well under way to a make things easier and safer for walkers.  The road although not particularly busy is a single track road making it necessary for folk to take care and maybe stop when traffic was passing.  The new path should make it a more pleasant walk to Newtonhill forest and safer for children walking or cycling.  A wide variety of birds are to be seen at the forest which has been created out of the old rubbish dump.  You are likely to see blackbird, chaffinch, buzzard, crow, collared dove, goldfinch, greenfinch, jackdaw, kestrel, short eared owl, meadow pipit, robin, skylark, sparrow, starling, swallow, swift, thrush (song and mistle), tit (great and blue), pied wagtail, sedge warbler, wood pigeon and wren.
Less common birds sighted at the forest include reed bunting, crossbill, goldcrest, hen harrier, long eared owl, partridge, redpoll, grasshopper warbler.  The rangers are always interested to hear of other birds seen at Newtonhill and there is a box where notes can be left with.