Watts Gallery – Artists' Village lies close to the North Downs, right alongside the Pilgrims' Way, and has a rich variety of bird habitats including mature mixed woodland and hedgerows.
Species such as great spotted woodpeckers, nuthatches, treecreepers, great and coal tits, goldcrests and jays can be seen virtually all year round, and one of the most beautiful British birds, the bullfinch, is also a regular visitor and breeds locally.
Owls, both tawny and little, are also present, but are more likely to be heard than seen with clear autumn nights the best possibility. In winter the area around the Artists' Village also attracts migrant thrushes from Continental Europe, particularly fieldfares.
In spring and summer the Artists' Village is an excellent place to hear the dawn chorus which lasts right up to the end of June with the best time being between six and eight o'clock in the morning.
The very rare firecrest, the smallest British bird, can also be found occasionally in the woods nearby.
Goldfinch (header), jay (top left), great spotted woodpecker (right) and firecrest (bottom left).
Illustrations by Donna Scott